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First Look Could Russia be close to ending its use of 'baby boxes'?

A proposed bill would shut down a program that allows mothers to leave newborn infants anonymously in a box at a medical facility without legal repercussions.

Dmitry Lovetsky/AP/File

For the past five years, Russian mothers who felt unable to care for their newborns could discretely give them up for adoption. Cradle of Hope, which began in 2011 as a Russian charitable foundation, aimed at reducing infanticide and illegal abortions by creating "baby boxes," where mothers could leave newborn infants at medical centers anonymously.

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