Until now it's been just chance that saves the life of an abandoned
newborn: A neighbor hears a thin wail when she lifts the dumpster's lid
or a jogger stops when he sees a bundle move beneath a bush.
Advocates nationwide cried out for laws and policies to allow distraught new mothers to leave infants in a safe place without fear of prosecution. Texas passed the first law last September. Mobile, Ala., and Minneapolis-St. Paul have pilot programs. Now 24 other states have proposed legislation.
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