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House expands time allowed to surrender babies

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The Florida House has passed a bill that will extend the amount of time parents can surrender an unwanted newborn.

The bill was passed Thursday by a 108-11 vote.

The current bill allows parents to anonymously surrender their newborn children up to seven days after birth, however, the new bill will expand that time to up to 30 days after their birth so long as the infant is still dropped off at a hospital, fire station or emergency medical services station.

According to reports, more than 300 babies have been surrendered since the safe haven law was enacted.

The bill has one more committee stop before the full Senate committee considers the bill.