Bill on baby boxes reaches Russian parliament
MOSCOW, December 28 (RAPSI) - Vadim Tulpanov, member of the Federation Council, Russia’s upper house of parliament, has submitted a bill to the State Duma on using baby boxes, or incubators for parents who want to leave their newborn babies anonymously, at hospitals and social organizations, RIA Novosti reported Monday.
Under the bill, Russia’s regions would be entitled to set up by themselves special incubators for leaving newborn children.
In September, Liberal Democratic Party member Vitaly Zolochevsky suggested a ban on baby boxes in Russia.
Irina Chirkova, a member of the State Duma Committee for Issues of Family, Women and Children, on the contrary, claimed that baby boxes must be legal in Russia so parents won’t give up their children illegally, Izvestia newspaper reported.
Since 2012, baby boxes have come into use at hospitals and religious organizations in the Krasnodar, Perm, Kamchatka, and Stavropol Territories as well as in the Kaliningrad, Kursk, Leningrad, Moscow, Pskov and Sverdlovsk Regions.