Indiana May Create Baby Boxes For Women To Leave Unwanted Infants

Indiana may be setting up electronic baby boxes at churches, hospitals, fire stations and non-profit organizations.

The baby boxes would allow new mothers, who are in a crisis, to anonymously leave their newborn babies.

Indiana state Rep. Casey Cox (R) has proposed the idea in his new bill, which he believes would help prevent the dangerous abandonment of infants.

His bill passed the state House and is now heading for the Senate.

While supporters of the baby boxes claim it is a safe haven for unwanted children, critics claim it does nothing to help solve societal problems, such as poverty, which contribute to unwanted babies. The baby boxes also do not allow social workers to meet and help the troubled moms.

"If you use a baby box, you have stripped away that option," Dawn Geras, president of the Save the Abandoned Babies Foundation in Chicago, told the Associated Press. "There's a lot of things that need to be done to improve safe-haven laws throughout the country, but that's not one of them."

The Brookings Institute recently released a study that found "a poor woman is more than five times as likely as an affluent woman to have an unintended birth. Since unintended childbearing is associated with higher rates of poverty, less family stability, and worse outcomes for children, these gaps further entrench inequality."

The idea of baby boxes is popular with Christian conservative group Focus on the Family, which is helping release a new film in March entitled "The Drop Box."

The documentary follows a pastor in South Korea as he sets up baby boxes to save abandoned infants (video below).

Sources: Focus on the Family, The Brookings Institute, Associated Press / Image Credit: YouTube Screenshot


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