The Baby Box
A film called The Drop Box is being released in theaters this week in the United States. According to thedropboxfilm.com, “the drop box is a warm bin, lodged in a wall, that allows mothers to deposit their children without being seen.” This baby box has been attached to a church in Korea since 2009.
As ASK-LA puts it, “despite the good intentions of the Baby Box, it ultimately encourages illegal abandonments, separates unwed mothers from their children, and creates a population of “orphans” who will never have access to their personal and medical histories. Moreover, the rationale behind the Baby Box inaccurately conveys the idea that unwed mothers have only two options: killing their babies or anonymously abandoning them in the Baby Box.”
What if instead of creating boxes that encourage illegal, anonymous abandonment of children, there were social and economic support programs that work to keep families together?
“Imagine a large river with a high waterfall. At the bottom of this waterfall hundreds of people are working frantically trying to save those who have fallen into the river and have fallen down the waterfall, many of them drowning. As the people along the shore are trying to rescue as many as possible one individual looks up and sees a seemingly never-ending stream of people falling down the waterfall and begins to run upstream. One of other rescuers hollers, “Where are you going? There are so many people that need help here.” To which the man replied, “I’m going upstream to find out why so many people are falling into the river.” Saul Alinsky, in Shelden & Macallair
The Baby Box Film. Here is a link to the trailer for the documentary. I believe that Pastor Jong-rak Lee in the film has good intentions. The Pastor already has adopted…
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