: News

Filed Under:

District Passes Safe Haven Law

Play associated audio

By Patrick Madden

The D.C. Council has unanimously passed a "safe haven" law to allow parents to give up their newborn infants if they feel they cannot care for their children.

Washington is the only jurisdiction in the country without a "safe haven" law. If the bill becomes law, a parent will be able to anonymously surrender an unharmed newborn, up to seven days old, to a designated safe haven, such as a hospital or fire station.

D.C. Councilman David Catania says the intent of the law is "to give these individuals a place to safely a surrender their child in a location much more preferable than a dumpster or alley or a hallway."

Last year, the district passed temporary "safe haven" legislation after authorities attempted to prosecute an 18-year-old mother who returned her baby to the hospital. The council will take a final vote on the measure later this month.

NPR

Villainous Scheme Makes Dozens A Few Minutes Late

A 40-foot inflatable "minion" — the yellow, unintelligible sidekicks from the Despicable Me movies who recently were given their own spinoff — broke loose and blocked traffic in Dublin this week.
WAMU 88.5

The Surprising Roots of Barbecue

We speak with culinary historian Michael Twitty about the roots of familiar southern dishes in African and Native American food traditions.

WAMU 88.5

President Obama's Iran Speech

Veteran journalist Marvin Kalb joins us to discuss the parallels between JFK's nuclear disarmament speech fifty years ago and President Obama's speech on the nuclear deal with Iran.

WAMU 88.5

The Future Of D.C. Taxis: Ernest Chrappah Discusses Competition And Change

The new chairman of the D.C. Taxicab Commission wants to make it a nimble, innovating agency. He discussed those goals and the related challenges with WAMU 88.5's Martin Di Caro.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.