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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Safe Haven Legislation Passes Second Reading



Opposition members are skeptical that a new bill introduced in the legislature today will be passed. The provincial Conservatives have introduced proposed legislation that would allow desperate mothers to leave unwanted newborns at the hospital up to 72 hours after giving birth without fear of prosecution.  Rothesay MLA, Margaret An Blaney tells CHSJ News government has supported the bill in principal but it doesn't look like it will get past second reading because of the complexity of the issue.

Any babies left at an emergency room would be turned over to the care of the province and likely be put on the foster or adoption list. Blaney says if this bill doesn't go forward, she hopes government can work together to come up with a replacement.

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