» 02/23/2007, 00.00
Public cradles against abortion
The Japanese Health Minister approved a decision by a hospital of Kumamoto to set up a “baby box” for the public, which will save the lives of unwanted new born babies. Other hospitals wanting to set up similar schemes will be supported.
Fundamentalists accuse Christian hospital of illegal abortions
Police found 400 bones and skeletons of newborn babies in Ratlam, behind a Mission Hospital led by the Anglican Church of North India. The hospital has been accused of foeticide but the bishop says the whole episode is an “anti-Christian conspiracy”.
Karnataka, 20 fetuses found under a bridge, they were all girls
Found in the district of Belgaum, where, the imbalance between males and females under the age of 6 is 931 girls per 1000 boys. Member of the Pontifical Academy for Life: selective abortions and female feticide are the worst form of violence against women.
The "success" and failure of the one-child law
The infamous law is 30 years old. It has stopped the birth of at least 400 million children. It is a source of violence, abortions, forced sterilizations, injustice. And it is revealing its problems: an aging population, lack of manpower, imbalance between males and females.
Three million girls "missing" as a result of selective abortions and infanticide
The 2011 figures are from a study released by India's Central Statistical Organisation. Tomorrow, the world marks International Day of the Girl. "Government, civil society and families should work closely together" against patriarchal gender bias, says doctor member of the Pontifical Academy for Life. Maharashtra wants selective abortion to be treated as murder.
China, damage of one-child law points to "risk of collapse"
The government presents a survey (pending the national census data) that shows an increase in population since 2010. But experts warn: "These are older people, not newborns. The one-child rule - an "hourly Tiananmen” - threatens to destroy social stability.
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