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Abandoned newborns' shelter sparks debate (3)

By Xu Wei and He Dan (China Daily)

08:38, March 02, 2012

In response, Qin said that statistics from the institute showed that setting up the haven has not encouraged infant abandonment, and abandoned infants are not flocking into the institute.

According to statistics, the institute has received 75 abandoned infants, including 26 abandoned at the haven, since the haven was set up on June 1. There were 83 in 2010 and 105 in 2009.

"For parents, abandoning their babies is not an easy decision," Qin said.

"I don't think parents would decide to abandon babies simply because we set up a cozy temporary shelter. Most parents wouldn't do that even if we set up a haven with the standards of a five-star hotel."

Ji Gang, director of the domestic adoption department of the China Center for Children's Welfare and Adoption, believes the setting up of the haven is meaningful.

"It prioritizes a child's right to survive," Ji said.

"We can read at least one tragic story of abandoned babies in the media every week, and traditionally, abandoned children were dropped off on the street, in front of hospitals or even in toilets. Some died in freezing temperatures or from starvation. Others were harmed by animals," Ji said.

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