Back to 12th Century Europe

The number of infant corpses disposed of in garbage bins has reached alarming levels.

Back to 12th Century Europe

Unable to stop the infant murders, Europeans have resorted to placing special baby boxes in front of hospitals, a tradition dating back to the 12th century.

As traditional family values are eroding, children are the first ones exposed to the consequences.

Between children growing up in a broken family environment and babies whose rights to live are seized before their birth through abortion, infants left to die tell a startling story.

Germany was shocked after the corpse of a two-year old child was discovered in the fridge of a house in Bremen. The case, which triggered fiery political disputes resulting in the resignation of a government minister, is not the only example. It will probably not be the last one.

The corpses of nine newborn babies unearthed in a woman's garden last year shook Germany to its very foundations.

In Graz Austria, three infant corpses were discovered in a freezer. And recently, again three infants were found in France in a garden, buried by a French woman who was the previous owner.

Such reports coming to light incidentally might only be the tip of the iceberg. Europeans fear that the actual numbers are probably higher.

Nonetheless, the rise in infant deaths has led authorities to resort to a 12th century church practice.

Mothers may leave their unwanted babies in boxes called "Babyklappe" placed in front of hospitals. The boxes automatically lock themselves once the baby is placed inside.

After permitting the mother to get out of sight, an officer in the hospital receives a signal from the box.

After a check-up, the baby is cared for at the hospital until a guardian family is located to adopt it. In the event the mother regrets giving away her baby, she can reclaim it within eight weeks.

Babies who are not taken back within eight weeks are sent to the Youth Agency to wait for a guardian family.

Though perhaps a cliché, the centuries-old tradition has been put into practice in Germany, followed by Austria, Switzerland and recently Italy.

Launched for the first time in the Altona district of Hamburg in Germany in 2000, the practice has spread to other cities in time.

There are now 80 'Babyklappes' in 41 cities in Germany. Austria has eight and Switzerland one. Italy also started the practice last year. Moreover, New York is reportedly preparing to launch a similar project.

During the first year of the practice in Hamburg, 22 mothers left their babies at hospitals with the help of Babyklappes.

The practice has received harsh criticism that it encourages mothers to opt for the easy way out. Such fears explain the policy of no advertisement. There are concerns over the possibility that the number of abandoned babies would rise.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Eylül 2018, 18:16