WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — The overturning of Roe v Wade is bringing a Pennsylvania law, that’s been in effect for decades, to light.

“Baby Mary” was found on July 11, 2001, at the Sunbury Municipal Transfer Station.

Investigators say the infant was killed just seconds after she was born by her own mother and then thrown out with the garbage by her father.

That death led to the enactment of Pennsylvania’s Safe Haven Law, also known as the Newborn Protection Act.

“It is a law protecting newborns who parents, or more so moms, feel they can’t handle and can’t take care of or are not ready for. It’s a safe place to leave the baby so you know the baby will be cared for and safe,” said Amanda Harhut, emergency room patient-centered care.

The law gives parents to bring their newborn, up to 28 days old, to any Pennsylvania hospital, police station, or an emergency services provider at an EMS station without the fear of criminal prosecution; as long as the baby has not been harmed.

Since 2003, 51 babies have been give up under safe haven, including one at Lehigh Valley Hospital Hazleton 13 years ago.

“It’s protected by law. Being that it’s the safe haven law, that’s what this is for. So if you leave the baby and it is less than 28 days old and unharmed, there will be no consequences, no legal trouble, no questions asked” said Harhut.

For now, abortion remains legal in Pennsylvania.

Governor Wolf is vowing to veto any anti-abortion legislation that moves through Pennsylvania’s general assembly for the remainder of his term which ends in January.

But regardless of the legality of abortion in the state, the commonwealth’s “Safe haven law” remains an option.

Since 2003, 51 babies have been given up under safe haven.