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China Innovated Baby Box for Unwanted Kids

Posted by w_thames_the_d on November 30, 2013


China has created a baby box, which is a drop off place for pesky new borns, after all, who really needs a baby girl, right?

The boxes are a human rights nightmare; a way for Chinese to continue their assault on unborn and the newborn, the boxes are for abandoned kids, see excerpt below. In all honesty, the baby boxes are better than the alternative. Just a few decades ago, baby girls found themselves at the bottom of the family porridge bowl, so I guess we should be happy for small changes in the Chinese.

Excerpt

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.

Shenzhen is not the only Chinese city to consider such a system. Shijiazhuang apparently launched one in 2011 and has since received 170 infants. Other cities are expected to follow suit, the Jiangsu Province web portal reports.

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