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Holcomb signs bill allowing more baby boxes

Governor Eric Holcomb signed a bill allowing the boxes to be installed at fire stations across the state. Last year, law makers allowed the boxes to be installed at hospitals, grandfathering the boxes already installed in Woodburn and Michigan City.

Posted: Mar. 27, 2018 9:16 AM
Updated: Mar. 27, 2018 9:26 AM

INDIANAPOLIS - Safe Haven Baby Boxes are expanding in the Hoosier state.

Governor Eric Holcomb signed a bill allowing the boxes to be installed at fire stations across the state. Last year, law makers allowed the boxes to be installed at hospitals, grandfathering the boxes already installed in Woodburn and Michigan City.

Safe Haven Baby Box founder Monica Kelsey says she's excited to be able to expand the program.

The new law, which goes into effect July 1, also requires medical providers to report more patient information to the state. A detailed list of abortion complications like infections and blood clots must be reported.

Supporters say it will ensure abortions are provided safely. But opponents maintain it will further stigmatize abortion. The American Civil Liberties Union says it might challenge the law in court.

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