Rep. Jan Pauls introduces Safe Haven anonymity bill

TOPEKA, Kansas – Rep. Jan Pauls of Hutchinson on Tuesday introduced a Safe Haven anonymity bill.

“The police came, and they were trying to locate her and released a picture of her,” said Pauls.

Pauls was making the case for House Bill 2577.

She says make a change and get a law on the books that guarantees anonymity to parents who use the Safe Haven law.

Through KSN stories, she learned about a Wichita woman whose face was plastered all over television, the web, and newspapers after dropping a baby under the Safe Haven law.

“You don’t want a mother to decide not to leave a child, like I said you don’t want a baby to end up dead in a garbage can,” said Pauls.

Those in the House Committee listened intently.

Pauls says it is getting broad support and thinks it does have a good chance passing the House.

Some Senate members say House Bill 2577 just makes since.

“Without the guarantee of privacy, I think you are going to have people that will not take advantage of this situation,” said Sen. Les Donovan, Wichita.

Representative Pauls goes on to say House Bill 2577 is something she is passionate about.

Pauls says she will push to make it happen in both the House and the Senate.

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House Bill 2577

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