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Safe Haven Laws, Baby Hatches and Anonymous Hospital Birth: Examining Infant Abandonment, Neonaticide and Infanticide in Australia

Criminal Law Journal, 36: 19-37, 2012

19 Pages Posted: 14 Dec 2012 Last revised: 12 Nov 2015

Lorana Bartels

University of Canberra - School of Law and Justice

Date Written: 2012

Abstract

This article considers international responses to infant abandonment, neonaticide and infanticide in the context of the recent conviction of Keli Lane for the murder of her newborn daughter and the Children’s Protection (Lawful Surrender of Newborn Child) Amendment Bill 2011 (SA). The article considers three responses currently in operation internationally: safe haven laws, baby hatches, and anonymous birth. Arguments about these models, including effectiveness, whether they target the “wrong” women, and the rights of children to know their genetic origins, are examined.

Keywords: infanticide, neonaticide, safe havens, baby hatches, anonymous birth

Suggested Citation

Bartels, Lorana, Safe Haven Laws, Baby Hatches and Anonymous Hospital Birth: Examining Infant Abandonment, Neonaticide and Infanticide in Australia (2012). Criminal Law Journal, 36: 19-37, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2188712

Lorana Bartels (Contact Author)

University of Canberra - School of Law and Justice ( email )

Australia

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