"I will always pray that there will be no more abandoned babies in this country and no more in our baby box. That's all I want."
On March 5, I was one of those privileged enough to be able to go see The Drop Box, a documentary that was only shown in select theaters for a short period of time. This film not only illustrates the beauty of all life, but also a way for mothers to give their children up without judgment from the people surrounding them. Baby boxes.
First, the child's most fundamental right is to life, and saving children who otherwise would have been dead does not undermine their rights, it preserves them. To use the example of Pastor Lee, he wishes for the day that he can take down his box because no more children are deemed unwanted, and none are abandoned to die alone.
The most valid point in the argument against baby boxes is that they do complicate adoptions. The birth record, if not included when the child is dropped off, may be hard to find and since the purpose of the baby box is for the mother to remain anonymous, the children would have extreme difficulty seeking out their biological parents in the future, if they chose to do so. This does not, however, negate the help that baby boxes can do. In the United States, there is a program in place that allows you to drop off your children at a government run facility, such as a police or fire station, and leave with no questions asked. How is this any different from a baby box?
Finally, I would ask why there is so much dispute over something that is saving the lives of children around the world, and what do you think should be done? Are baby boxes a form of abandonment or a saving grace?