Safe Haven law not classroom material

DANBURY — A late-in-the-session effort to require that the state’s Safe Haven laws be taught in public high schools has failed to pass the state legislature.

Calls for the education bill were prompted by lawmakers from both sides of the aisle after a baby was found abandoned behind a grocery store on Main Street on May 21. The baby boy, whose umbilical cord was still attached, was treated at Danbury Hospital and has been reported to be in good condition. The mother turned herself in to police about a week later.

The state’s Safe Haven law, which was first enacted in 2000, allows parents of unwanted children to drop off an infant within the first 30 days of its birth at a local hospital with no questions asked. Advocates have said, however, that more teenagers need to be made aware of the law.

The proposal, which would have required that the Safe Haven law be added…

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