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Russian Baby Boxes Ban to Put Stop to Abandoned Infants?

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Russia has proposed a ban of baby boxes that allow mothers to anonymously abandon their babies at hospitals and religious organizations. (Screengrab)

By    |   Friday, 30 Sep 2016 10:11 AM

A Russian "baby boxes" ban is being proposed in the Kremlin after they were introduced in 2011 to allow mothers to safely abandon their babies anonymously at hospitals and religious organizations.

Russian senator Yelena Mizulina said she received positive feedback after proposing the bill to outlaw the boxes, but critics complained it could lead to unwanted babies being left on the streets and even killed, The Times of London reported.

The use of baby boxes to abandon children, a practice that dates to medieval times, had been opposed regularly by Russia's conservative politicians and some religious groups.

According to the BBC News, the United Nation Committee on the Rights of the Child pressed Russia to end the baby boxes practice and to promote other alternatives in dealing with orphaned children.

Russia needs to "address the root causes that lead to the abandonment of infants, including by providing family planning services and adequate counseling and social support for unplanned pregnancies and the prevention of high-risk pregnancies," the committee said in a statement.

The Komsomolskaya Prava, a Russian daily newspaper, said the baby boxes have saved the lives of 50 unwanted babies since being instituted in 2011, the BBC News reported. Mizulina argued, though, that the boxes encouraged mothers to abandon their babies and risked spurring criminal trade in infants.

The baby boxes controversy is happening at the same time as a campaign in the country to restrict abortion rights. Heads of the Russian Orthodox Church and the Patriarch Kirill have asked for abortions to be removed from the national health insurance system, noted the BBC News.

According to the Russian Legal Information Agency website, baby boxes have been used at hospitals and religious organizations in Russian territories of Krasnodar, Perm, Kamchatka, and Stavropol Territories, along with medical centers in Kaliningrad, Kursk, Leningrad, Moscow, Pskov and the Sverdlovsk regions.

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A Russian baby boxes ban is being proposed in the Kremlin after they were introduced in 2011 to allow mothers to safely abandon their babies anonymously at hospitals and religious organizations.
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