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Safe baby law publicity considered

ST. PAUL - Minnesota would spend $350,000 over the next two years to publicize an opportunity for mothers to leave new-born babies they do not want at places such as hospitals under a bill being considered by a state Senate committee.

ST. PAUL - Minnesota would spend $350,000 over the next two years to publicize an opportunity for mothers to leave new-born babies they do not want at places such as hospitals under a bill being considered by a state Senate committee.

The funding is being considered by the Senate Health and Human Services Budget Division, which in coming days will release its budget proposal.

Sen. Kent Eken, D-Twin Valley, said the funds would let people know about options "to save babies born to mothers who are distraught and don't know what to do. ...This is designed to provide a safe place for that child, safe and anonymous."

There was lots of publicity when the law was enacted in 2000 to allow mothers to leave babies up to seven days old at hospitals, urgent care facilities and other locations. But Andrea Rau of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life said Minnesotans no longer know about the law.

Eken's bill would fund public service announcements in a variety of media, he said.

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