Three quarters (75%) of Russians support the existence in Russia of baby-boxes – bins in hospitals and care homes where the mother, who decided to abandon the child, unable to leave him. With women increasingly aware of the necessity of their existence than men (80% vs 68%), showed the survey conducted by the Russian centre for public opinion studies (VTSIOM).
Probably don’t need baby-boxes called 14% of Russians. A bill to ban the baby boxes is not gained support from the citizens of the Russian Federation: opposed by 73% of respondents, only 15%.
Consequences of prohibition are seen in the Russians mostly negative. So, there are concerns about a possible increase in the number of abandoned children, homeless children (42%) and child mortality (6%), murder of newborns (7%).
The refusal of the mother from the child (leaving him in a specially equipped place) is perceived by society, rather as a forced measure, caused by a heavy life situation (agree 64% of all respondents, and those who believe that the baby boxes are needed, say this more often: 70% vs. 49%), rather than a manifestation of irresponsibility (25%).
“The Russians are aware that the closure of baby boxes today can lead to the aggravation of the situation in the area of child mortality, the growth of social orphanhood. However, it is quite clear arguments and supporters of the abolition of baby-boxes: leaving of a newborn, a woman who is in difficult life situation, is deprived forever of the chance to find and return it”, – commented the results of the survey the Director of special programs VTSIOM Elena Mikhailova.
The poll was conducted on 15-16 October. It was attended by 1,600 people aged 18 years and older living in 130 populated localities in 46 regions in eight Federal districts of Russia. Method of research – personal formalized interview at the place of residence of the Respondent. Statorseite not exceed 3.5%.
Earlier, a similar poll conducted by the Fund “Public opinion” (FOM). The results of the study showed that more than half of Russians (55%) do not support the proposal to ban the baby boxes. The ban was also supported 14% of respondents.
The first baby-boxes appeared in Russia in 2011. It has now set of 20 baby boxes in 11 regions, in 16 subjects of negotiations regarding their installation.
With the proposal to introduce a ban on so-called “window of life” was made by Senator Elena Mizulina. At the end of September this year, she hastened to informthat the government has approved its bill, but then it turned outthat it is not. It also became known that more than 260 thousand people have signed a petition on the portal Change.org against the legal prohibition of baby-boxes.
Mizulina, the bill sparked heated debate in the society and negative opinion of the government, which called for significant revision of this document. However, Mizulina refused to amend his bill. The Senator said that he sees no reason to modify it before the first reading in the state Duma, “it is logical to make amendments to the second reading”.