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MI Supreme Court to hear adoption rights case

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MI Supreme Court to hear adoption rights case

The Michigan Supreme Court will hear a challenge to the law that allows a single birth parent to drop off newborns at a hospital, shelter, or other safe space.

A birth mother made arrangements to anonymously leave her infant at the hospital without telling her then-husband under the state’s Safe Delivery of Newborns Act. An adoption agency then placed the now-three-year-old child with a couple.

Liisa Speaker is that family’s attorney.

“We have two adoptive parents who legally have adopted this child and are the only family this child has ever known.”

“We’re all entitled to due process and having a child and raising a child is a fundamental constitutional right.”

That’s Michael Villar -- the ex-husband’s attorney. He says the adoption agency placed the child without doing a diligent job of trying to find the ex-husband.