The ‘baby box’ returns to Europe

babyboxBoxes where parents can leave an unwanted baby, common in medieval Europe, have been making a comeback over the last 10 years. Supporters say a heated box, monitored by nurses, is better for babies than abandonment on the street – but the UN says it violates the rights of the child. Baby boxes are a revival of the medieval ”foundling wheels,” where unwanted infants were left in revolving church doors. In recent years, there has been an increase in these contraptions — also called hatches, windows or slots in some countries — and at least 11 European nations now have them, according to United Nations figures. They are technically illegal, but mostly operate in a gray zone as authorities turn a blind eye.

I heard about it already in June 2012, but it started in Europe already year 2000. They are meant to prevent women killing or leaving their newborns to die. I can see the point, the thought might be good, but the worst is that the women with an unwanted pregnancy don´t feel confident enough to talk to anybody about their situation.

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