A law that was designed to protect abandoned newborns was expanded this week in the Iowa House.


The bill, Senate File 360, expands the eligibility of an infant that can be turned over as part of the Newborn Safe Haven Act from up to fourteen days old to up to thirty days old. In addition, the bill allows a parent to make telephone contact with a 911 service and relinquish physical custody of the newborn infant to a first responder who responds to the 911 telephone call.


Iowa implemented the Safe Haven law in 2001, and since its inception, 30 infants have been relinquished to the state’s care.


The bill now goes to the Governor for her signature.