This morning’s Sacramento Bee reports that SB 1873–the Safely Surrendered Newborn Act expansion that would have extended the time that California’s “desperate mothers” can legally and anonymously abandon their babies from 72 hours to 30 days– was vetoed yesterday by Gov. Arnold Schwartzenegger. No comments yet on why the bill was vetoed or from the bill’s sponsor Alberto Toricco. If they are released, i’ll post them here.
The bill had lately become contentious when heavy hitting safe haven supporters, Debi Faris-Cefelli, LA County Supervisor Don Knabe, the LA County Sheriff and DA’s office opposed the expansion–as well as Bastard Nation and other adoption reform organizations. You can read more about it on Bastardette here and here.
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Unless the Governor actually vetoed AB 1873, it will go into effect. My reading is that he simply declined to sign it, and since it passed with super-majorities in both legislative houses, it becomes law without his signature.
That’s what I wondered at first, but Torrico says he’s reintroducing the bill next session.