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"Baby hatch" - saving unwanted children

"Baby hatch" - saving unwanted children


Since the beginning of this week, in the cities of Germany have been posted posters that women who want to abandon their newborns are urged not to throw them in the garbage, but in special checkers, which guarantee their anonymity. The initiative of local councils has drawn criticism from clergy and charities, who argue that it encourages mothers to abandon their children. The "baby trap", arranged on the walls of some maternities, is hidden from view, often masked by trees and sheltered by city surveillance cameras. The child can be placed on a slide, slide smoothly through a hole in the wall and descend into a crib, located inside the maternity ward. A beep alarms medical staff, but only after the mother has been given enough time to move away. The baby can be asked back, up to three months, if the mother changes her mind. The posters in Berlin give the addresses of three hospitals that have such "rags".
The campaign is supported by environmentalists, but the government is reserved, fearing legal problems. The idea of ​​installing such boxes for collecting abandoned children does not surprise the Romanian authorities for the protection of the child nor the non-governmental organizations that work in this field. "In Romania, the problem of adopting this measure is not yet raised. For now, we are facing an increased rate of dropout in maternity wards, ”said Bogdan Panait, Secretary of State, the head of the National Authority for the Protection of the Rights of the Child (ANDPC). Director of the Obstetrics-Gynecology Hospital "Panait Sarbu" in Bucharest, prof.dr. Bogdan Marinescu, he also doubts the opportunity of such an initiative, wondering "how we would have been viewed by the European Community if we had applied this measure ...". George Roman, representative of the organization "Save the Children" Romania, is of the opinion that "from my experience, the mothers advised in time not only did not kill their children, but did not plan to abandon them".
(Ana-Maria Vieru, Mirela Dadacus)
Read the whole article in: Truth
March 28, 2007