30-Day Age Limit For NE Safe-Haven Law Advances

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A 30-day age limit in the Nebraska safe-haven law appears headed for final approval.

The state Legislature voted 41-6 Wednesday to give second-round approval to the limit. A final vote is expected on Friday and then the bill will go to Gov. Dave Heineman. He has said he would support a 30-day age limit.

Every state has a safe-haven law meant to protect newborns from being dumped in trash bins and worse, but Nebraska's is the only one that lacks an age limit.

Most of the 35 children dropped off at Nebraska hospitals since the law took effect in July have been preteens or teenagers as old as 17.

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