Polish cardinal defends ‘baby hatches’ following UN committee’s criticism
January 24, 2013
Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz of Krakow has defended the practice of “baby hatches,” also known as “life windows” – places where mothers can anonymously abandon infants for whom they are unable or unwilling to care.
The United Nations’ Committee on the Rights of the Child has called for the abolition of the practice, which 11 states in the European Union permit.
“A child thrown on a rubbish tip cannot fail to shock our consciences -- these life windows are the Church’s answer to this tragedy,” said Cardinal Dziwisz. “It's a concrete act of mercy, a summons to responsible motherhood and fatherhood, a moving testimony that we can never be indifferent to the drama of mother and child.”
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