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There are a lot of couples out there that are trying hard to give birth to a child.

And there are some women out there that have no other choice than to give their child away / leave it in a hospital because they just can’t afford it or because they don’t have supporting (and understanding) men. Like in many other countries, there are some committed people in Germany that have organised so-called "Babytüren" (~baby doors) [PDF overview] where young mothers can leave their child anonymously or get some advice and a helping hand on how to deal with this difficult situation. All that without being affraid of any prosecution by the government and in case they might change their mind, they have a right to reclaim their child within 8 weeks. As far as I am informed, there are about 50 such abandonments in Germany every year. Today I was told that in Kenya there are about 10 new born children "forgotten" in hospital each week.

I am not an expert on this, and as a man I will never even be directly confronted with this difficult decision – but as a member of this global society I feel responsible as well and I would like to appeal to everyone out there that all those children are a gift and that it is our job to take care of them. Of every single child.

Another friend of mine is working at a paedriatric clinic and just told me that she’s been witnessing this case where a father had raped his new born, less than a year old child and continued until a row came up and police was called in.

The reason I am mentioning all this is because such crimes happen and there’s nothing I can do about it for the time being except for talking about it and raising some awareness for such matters.

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  1. Wow – how does a father rape a one year old. Sick sick.

    Anyway, the abandonment of babies happens here as well – and when you think about how many people are spending thousands of pounds/Euros in IVF treatments, I think there should be a scheme like the one you mention everywhere. There is a case at present here in the UK where a mother left hour old twins(boy and girl) in a hospital car-park and that makes you think wow – it must have been a hard decision for her to make.

  2. OMG People are so sick!!!!! Raping a one year old .what satisfaction does one get from a 1 yr old? Life sentence for such I say!
    Babyturen(sp) is such noble idea!!!.