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Newborn 'Safe Haven' Laws Questioned

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Newborn 'Safe Haven' Laws Questioned

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Newborn 'Safe Haven' Laws Questioned

Newborn 'Safe Haven' Laws Questioned

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After a spate of high profile baby-abandonment cases in the late 1990s, many states enacted laws designed to protect abandoned infants. The "safe haven" laws allow women to leave their newborns at designated safe places, such as hospitals or firehouses, without the threat of prosecution. But some adoption advocates say the laws are creating problems. Hear NPR's Madeleine Brand.