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Harkening back to a less politicized definition of “welfare,” New York lawmakers are looking to amend the child abandonment law so mothers who anonymously leave newborns in a safe place do not face prosecution. Responding to the tragedy of so-called “dumpster” babies, lawmakers are finally attempting to create a law that makes sense — one that treats women facing the crisis of an unwanted child in a humane way and aims to prevent homicides rather than prosecute them. Maybe people are finally learning the meaning of kindler and gentler.

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