Mothers of newborns choosing not to keep their baby could have another legal option of where and when they can safely relinquish the child.
The “Give Life A Chance” provision in HF1967/ SF1675*, sponsored by Rep. Jim Abeler (R-Anoka) and Sen. Michelle Benson (R-Ham Lake), would allow ambulances to pick up a child after a 911 call is placed by the mother or a person with the mother’s permission to relinquish the child.
The House passed the bill 127-1, as amended with a technical amendment. It now goes back to the Senate where the original bill passed 64-0 March 22.
Under current law, the mother has 72 hours after giving birth to relinquish her child to a hospital. Additionally, the bill would lengthen the time period from 72 hours after birth to up to seven days.
Other provisions include clarifying language related to children’s adoption; protection, support and care laws; and aligning them with federal laws and definitions. It also addresses adult foster care and mental health issues.