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Safe haven law for abandoned newborns expands

Parents have a new set of safe havens if they want to give up newborns anonymously.

“Every parent wants their child to be raised in a healthy, happy environment,” said Gov. Pat Quinn, who signed the measure into law today at the University of Illinois-Chicago. “Expanding our safe haven laws to include universities and Illinois State Police facilities will help make sure that more parents are able to relinquish infants in a safe and legal way.”

The Quinn administration said no other state in the nation has designated campus police offices as a safe haven for abandoned newborns. The law takes effect immediately.

Read more at the Chicago Tribune.

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