Indiana has plans to become the first state that allows the use of a baby drop-box to alleviate the dangers of infant abandonment.
The baby drop-box is widely used in some parts of the world. They are widely used in Europe, Asia, and Africa.
But are the boxes the correct way to address this tragic situation in the U.S.?
Medical Daily addresses the problem:
“In a trashcan. On a laundromat floor. Under a subway seat. Abandoned babies are often found in the most obscure places and although there are no firm statistics of how many American babies are abandoned each year, it’s clear that the issue is a national tragedy. Safe haven laws do exist in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, allowing parents a way to surrender newborns at hospitals, police stations, and churches without fear of prosecution, but Fox News reported that since 1999 more than 1,400 children were still found illegally abandoned, and the majority of these infants died.”
“The practice of having a safe haven for children whose parents could no longer take care of them is an age old practice which can be traced all the way back to medieval times. Many in Indiana view the baby drop-box bill as a natural progression of the “safe haven” laws which already exists.”
The baby drop-box are incubated and they would be placed at churches, hospitals and firehouses.
The baby drop-box would also provide literature about who to contact if the parent decides later to keep the child and how long they have to legally reclaim custody.
Some form of the baby drop-box have existed for centuries. The system was quite common in medieval times.
I imagine this will be a debated subject. There are many concerns surrounding the right of the child to know it’s origins. Will this make an easy out for someone who otherwise would trudge on and work out the responsibility of parenthood? Will this save babies from being deserted in unsafe places?
These and many more questions will be asked. Hard subject for sure!
Hundreds of babies are abandoned each year in South Korea. This prompted David Brill to build a special baby drop-box for them to be left in. Here is his story: