Malaysia Opens “Baby Hatch” For Abandoned Babies

_49012326_dsc_1285Malaysia’s answer to the high number of unmarried mothers and abandoned babies is an anonymous drop off service. Via BBC:

The cries of an abandoned baby boy echo in the nursery at Orphancare, a Malaysian charity that helps orphans find adoptive parents.

He is the only child here and does not have a name. But in many ways he is seen as one of the lucky ones.

He was left in a baby “hatch” – the first in the country – designed to allow mothers to leave their babies anonymously.

The charity hopes it will rescue more unwanted newborns, as the authorities seek to stem the rising number of abandoned babies.

Close to 500 babies have been found abandoned since 2005. Some were left in Muslim prayer halls, on doorsteps and even in rubbish bins. Many are found dead.

It is thought these children are mainly abandoned by single mothers. Having a child out of wedlock is still seen as deeply shameful in this Muslim-majority country, where sex education is mainly focused on abstinence.

Story continues at BBC News
Also read about the “baby cot” drop offs in The Malaysian Insider

16 Comments on "Malaysia Opens “Baby Hatch” For Abandoned Babies"

  1. Vox Penii | Sep 10, 2010 at 12:28 am |

    When women can’t keep their knees together, why is that spun as a failure of government policy such as sex education, rather than a moral or practical failing of the women in question?

    It’s sad how often feminism is insulting to women, by suggesting that women are incapable of responsibility for their actions.

  2. Vox Penii | Sep 9, 2010 at 8:28 pm |

    When women can’t keep their knees together, why is that spun as a failure of government policy such as sex education, rather than a moral or practical failing of the women in question?

    It’s sad how often feminism is insulting to women, by suggesting that women are incapable of responsibility for their actions.

    • Haystack | Sep 9, 2010 at 8:36 pm |

      They need you to go there and moralize to them.

    • gemmarama | Sep 10, 2010 at 5:33 am |

      i think you will find that the moral and practical failings lie here with a society that regards women as domestic slaves and baby-making machines rather than human beings entitled to experience the full gamut of human life and love; with the father of the child who is also fully aware of the fact that unprotected sex will lead to babies and instead of taking responsibility for his actions chooses to just fuck off and leave the poor girl in this hideously impossible situation; and with you, for being such an odious, reactionary, cartoonishly misogynistic, soulless bastard.

      • did you ever see the vandalism in the condom machine in Sleazy’s? It says below the hatch “For Full Refund, Insert Baby Here”.
        This article kind of reminds me of that, but not funny.

        • gemmarama | Sep 11, 2010 at 12:46 pm |

          god i miss sleazys… there’s nothin like weegie pub toilet grafitti eh? there and the note being the top contenders… although there was one in the rio once; where somebody had managed to knock a wee hole in the wall in the mens’ somebody drew a wee face stickin the heid on it, with a speech bubble sayin “mentaaaal!” – that was a pure belter.

          last week in glasgow went too fast, canae wait to get back now.

  3. They need you to go there and moralize to them.

  4. In London during the 19th century you used to be able to walk the street and hear the cries of babies that had been thrown into the latrines.

  5. Haystack | Sep 9, 2010 at 8:40 pm |

    In London during the 19th century you used to be able to walk the street and hear the cries of babies that had been thrown into the latrines.

  6. gemmarama | Sep 10, 2010 at 9:33 am |

    i think you will find that the moral and practical failings lie here with a society that regards women as domestic slaves and baby-making machines rather than human beings entitled to experience the full gamut of human life and love; with the father of the child who is also fully aware of the fact that unprotected sex will lead to babies and instead of taking responsibility for his actions chooses to just fuck off and leave the poor girl in this hideously impossible situation; and with you, for being such an odious, reactionary, cartoonishly misogynistic, soulless bastard.

  7. Imagine a world where: as soon as a boy hits puberty, he goes to the doctor and gives multiple sperm samples which are put on ice and then gets a vasectomy. No more unwanted pregnancies, no more abortion (except, of course, in extreme cases when the mother’s life might be at risk), no more fear of overpopulation, no more fear over lack of natural resources, etc. A world where kids are not forced into becoming parents before they are fully ready to take on all of the responsibilities that come with such a burden. If and when you decided you would like to become a parent, you apply for a parental license: take a parenting course, be able to afford your child, etc. Very similar to the same hoops that prospective adopters must face. Once the parental license is obtained, you can either have a vasovasostomy (a reverse vasectomy) or you can simply use some of the sperm which has been on ice. And I wonder why my friends call me The Dictator…LOL 🙂

  8. Imagine a world where: as soon as a boy hits puberty, he goes to the doctor and gives multiple sperm samples which are put on ice and then gets a vasectomy. No more unwanted pregnancies, no more abortion (except, of course, in extreme cases when the mother’s life might be at risk), no more fear of overpopulation, no more fear over lack of natural resources, etc. A world where kids are not forced into becoming parents before they are fully ready to take on all of the responsibilities that come with such a burden. If and when you decided you would like to become a parent, you apply for a parental license: take a parenting course, be able to afford your child, etc. Very similar to the same hoops that prospective adopters must face. Once the parental license is obtained, you can either have a vasovasostomy (a reverse vasectomy) or you can simply use some of the sperm which has been on ice. And I wonder why my friends call me The Dictator…LOL 🙂

  9. gemmarama | Sep 10, 2010 at 3:07 pm |

    yeah you said exactly the same thing like yesterday…

  10. did you ever see the vandalism in the condom machine in Sleazy’s? It says below the hatch “For Full Refund, Insert Baby Here”.
    This article kind of reminds me of that, but not funny.

  11. gemmarama | Sep 11, 2010 at 4:46 pm |

    god i miss sleazys… there’s nothin like weegie pub toilet grafitti eh? there and the note being the top contenders… although there was one in the rio once; where somebody had managed to knock a wee hole in the wall in the mens’ somebody drew a wee face stickin the heid on it, with a speech bubble sayin “mentaaaal!” – that was a pure belter.

    last week in glasgow went too fast, canae wait to get back now.

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