China: ‘Baby box’ plan for unwanted newborns causes stir


BBC
November 30, 2013

Parents would be able to leave unwanted babies in boxes. / Photo and caption by YUMI OTA, via National Geographic.com

“Baby box” would be for unwanted infants. / Photo: YUMI OTA, (National Geographic.com)

A Chinese city’s plan for a “baby box” where parents can anonymously leave their unwanted infants is proving controversial, it’s reported.

Shenzhen has apparently applied to the Guangdong provincial authorities to pilot such a facility next year. Some social media users have warned that the box will encourage “irresponsible parents” to give away their unwanted children, the People’s Daily newspaper says.

But the head of Shenzhen’s social welfare centre, Tang Rongsheng, points out that nearly 100 abandoned infants have been handed over to his centre this year. “The shelter embodies the idea of prioritising the interest of the child,” he says.


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