DA: Survey needed on unwanted babies

2011-07-13 14:06
Johannesburg - A survey is needed on why so many women give birth to unwanted babies, the DA said on Wednesday after the release of the number of abandoned babies in Gauteng.

The survey should also establish what could best be done to prevent this, said Democratic Alliance MPL Hendrika Kruger.

"It would be best to try and prevent unwanted pregnancies in the first place, rather than this epidemic of abandoned babies," she said.

Replying to a DA question, community safety MEC Faith Mazibuko recently said 138 abandoned babies were found alive and 115 dead in Gauteng in 2010.

In the latest incident, a newborn baby girl was found alive in the open veld in Soweto on Tuesday.

Kruger said the number of dead abandoned babies was probably far higher as child abandonment cases were often not opened.

"At the Pretoria North municipal dump, for instance, dead babies are found virtually every week but are not reported to the police because it is very time-consuming to do so," she said.

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