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15 October 2010

Babies in the bin

Many women would rather dump a new-born baby than consider having an abortion while they still can. How weird is that, asks Susan Erasmus.

Many women would rather dump a new-born baby than consider having an abortion while they still can. How weird is that, asks Susan Erasmus.

Over 500 babies have been dumped by their mothers in the Cape Town region this year. That's an astonishingly high number. But even one would have been one too many.

It's easy to point fingers if you have an income, a place to stay, a supportive family and food to eat. Things must be pretty desperate for someone to go against all human instincts of wanting to protect and nurture a child – especially one's own. What must go through someone's mind as they abandon a baby and make a quick getaway?

In the midst of all of this, our society has a strange knee-jerk reaction to the idea of abortion. It is a suggestion that most youngsters are horrified by, judging by the reactions of thousands of township kids I taught. Whether for religious or social reasons, it is simply not deemed a possibility.

 
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