Headlining around the world is this amazing rescue of a newborn baby from a sewer pipe beneath a public toilet in China. China has strict family planning policies, with boys being preferred to girls and more than two children per family being 'strongly' frowned upon by officials there, to the extent that this abandonment is sadly not a rare occurence.
Chinese Police are treating this incident as attempted murder however, and the point struck me in the current context of Ireland's debate on unwanted pregnancies, had the mother of this child arranged for its 'disposal' at an abortion 'clinic' shortly before its natural birth instead of in a public toilet afterwards, she would not be the focus of criminal proceedings.
Which of course highlights an inconvenient truth about the infanticidal nature of abortion worldwide.
Well done to the rescuers, and let's hope that international pressure is brought to bear upon Chinese authorities to treat this baby boy's mother with loving care, since criminalising her actions are no solution to a culture which needs to examine the root causes of its less than welcoming approach to unwanted children.