HARRISBURG – Urgent care centers would be added to the list of locations where a parent in distress can safely surrender their newborn under a bill approved in the PA Senate by a unanimous vote. Senate Bill 305 expands current law, which in 2017, added emergency medical responders to the list of caregivers authorized to accept newborns relinquished by a parent in distress. Many surrounding states also allow unharmed babies to be handed over safely and without fear of prosecution to any health care facility. Staffed by trained medical personnel, urgent care centers are another safe place, broadening the list of currently designated caregivers including hospitals, police stations, and emergency medical technicians. Many urgent care centers can be found within a ten-mile radius of nearly every town in PA. The bill now goes to the state House.