Indiana bill requiring 'baby box' study heads to governor

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Posted: Apr 16, 2015 3:10 PM

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana proposal that could lead to the creation of "baby boxes" in which women could anonymously surrender their newborns is headed to Republican Gov. Mike Pence.

The House on Thursday unanimously signed off on a Senate amendment to the bill that calls for agencies including the state health department to address questions about the boxes. The review also will examine awareness programs for Indiana's safe haven law, which allows unharmed newborns to be surrendered at designated sites without fear of prosecution.

The study is scheduled to be completed before next year's legislative session, when lawmakers are expected to revisit the proposal.

The bill as originally proposed would allow police and fire stations, hospitals and select nonprofits to install the boxes beginning July 1, 2016.