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The ultimate effects of new abortion laws being enacted or considered across the country have yet to be realized. That doesn’t mean the wheels of state legislatures aren’t spinning solutions to emerging challenges that could result, however—and urgent care is figuring significantly in at least some. In Pennsylvania, for example, the state senate unanimously passed a bill that would decriminalize the act of a parent surrendering an unharmed newborn at an urgent care center if that parent is unable to provide adequate care for the baby. As noted in a post on the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s website, UC providers at that facility would be legally required to take the child into protective custody and ensure transport to a hospital for further care there. Pennsylvania parents were already permitted to bring babies up to 28 days old to hospitals, police stations, or EMS stations.

More Restrictive Abortion Laws May Cast Urgent Care in a New Role