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“Safe havens” for unwanted babies could reduce infanticide

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 29 March 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:678
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York

    An estimated 85 newborn infants are killed or left to die in the United States each year, according to new research. More “safe havens,” where unwanted babies could be left, would reduce the rate of infanticide, says the study, in the Journal of the American Medical Association (2003;289:1425-9).

    Researchers from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, examined all reports in the state between 1985 and 2000 of liveborn babies who died aged less than five days old. The 34 cases of infanticide they found was the equivalent of 2.1 infanticides per 100 000 births a year. Extrapolating from the figures, …

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