Kansas House passes amendment to Safe Haven Law
Updated On: Feb 26 2014 06:24:32 PM CST
Wednesday the Kansas House unanimously passed a bill that would protect your identity if you felt you needed to give-up your newborn under the state's "Safe Haven Law."
House bill 2577 says Safe Haven locations, like fire departments and hospitals, can't be forced to give up the name or identity of someone giving up a baby. It also says the parent can't be forced to give an information when leaving the child.
The changes stem from a Wichita case last month when a mother left the hospital after giving birth and didn't take her baby. Doctors were worried about the mother's health and notified police who ended-up releasing the woman's picture in an attempt to find her.
In the Wichita situation police released the photo of the mother after the hospital said it was concerned for her health. Neither the hospital or police were forced to do this. Police at the time said the current Safe Haven law protected the woman from prosecution but didn't protect her anonymity.
So we want to know whether this bill would've changed the way they handled the case. This bill still allows a parent's identity to be revealed in cases of abuse or other extreme circumstances. It's unclear whether the health of the mother would fall under that exception.
We contacted Wichita Police to ask about the bill. They referred us to the City Attorney's office. We'll let you know what we find out.