HARTFORD (AP) - Connecticut lawmakers say theyâ€™re optimistic this will be the year the General Assembly requires high school students to learn about a 2000 law that allows newborns to be dropped off at a hospital - no questions asked.
Legislation has already cleared the Education Committee requiring instruction about the Safe Haven law be included in public high school health curriculum. Itâ€™s dubbed â€ś10 Minutes in 10th Grade.â€ť
It awaits action in the House of Representatives, where it passed last year but faltered in the Senate.
Democratic East Hartford Rep. Jeff Currey says 33 babies have been saved â€śfrom abandonment and near-certain deathâ€ť since 2003, but thereâ€™s evidence more awareness of the law is needed.
He notes how a deceased newborn was found in 2014 in a trash can in East Hartford.