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Indiana Senate takes cautious approach to ‘baby box’ bill

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Safe haven groups across the U.S. are criticizing an Indiana proposal to allow “baby boxes” at hospitals, fire stations and churches so new mothers in crisis could surrender their children anonymously.

At least three groups have spoken out against the proposal that would make the boxes an option under Indiana’s existing safe haven law. They say the state should do more to promote its existing law instead.

Supporters say the boxes would supplement the safe haven law and would target women who might otherwise abandon their babies in unsafe locations.

The bill passed the Indiana House unanimously last week, but its Senate fate is unclear. Senate Health Committee chairwoman Patricia Miller says she has concerns and is still deciding whether her committee will take it up in the coming weeks.