Lauer’s Safe Haven expansion bill headed to governor

Columbus State Rep. Ryan Lauer says his bill expanding Indiana’s Safe Haven Law has passed the legislature and is headed to the governor for his signature.

The bill will allow a parent to call 911 to surrender a baby less than 30 days old to medical service providers. Lauer said the bill would allow parents in crisis to call 911 anonymously to give up the newborn.

The Safe Haven Law already allows parents to anonymously surrender their babies without prosecution to any emergency room, fire station, police station or to a Safe Haven Baby Box.

Lauer said the bill is meant to fill the gap when a parent can not make it to a designated Safe Haven location.