Film shows Ukraine baby horror12th December 2006
Video footage shot in the Ukraine by a campaigner on behalf of mothers whose healthy babies were taken from them has shown disturbing images of dismembered tiny bodies which may support allegations that babies are being killed for their stem cells.
The researcher gave the video to the BBC and to the Council of Europe as evidence to support claims by mothers that their children were taken, and perhaps murdered, shortly after birth.
Ukraine is already a major hub in the global trade in stem cells, which are believed to help fight many diseases, although their benefits are largely unproven. There is already a trade in stem cells from aborted foetuses in the country.
In its report on the allegations, the Council has described a culture of trafficking in children snatched at birth, and a wall of silence on the part of hospitals and health officials concerning their fate.
The BBC has spoken to mothers from the city of Kharkiv who say they gave birth to healthy babies, only to have them taken by maternity staff.
In 2003 the authorities agreed to exhume around 30 bodies of foetuses and full-term babies from a cemetery used by Maternity Hospital No.6 in the city. The hospital has declined to comment.
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Tuesday 12th December 2006 @ 12:00
This has shown another point, faced by many women all over the world: Trust in staff at hospitals.
After birth you are in a vunerable state, and if some one says that your baby is ill, needs treatment or just has to go to get checked over, you willingly agree and let your baby be taken. More need to be enpowered all over the world to say "hang on a minute I would like to come and see for myself". Whether it be your partner, mother or friend which accompanies the baby, a representative of you should always be there. I think this may also be an underlining case for home birth rates rising.
I work in the health sector and it's amazing how many women gladly offer the babies to nursing staff not even full understanding what is going on. More women need to feel they can challenge staff, as this is there child they are talking about.
With women in Ukraine it is appalling that nursing staff can lie to mothers in such fragile states. More needs to be done in the U.K on stem cell research. I am all for it, on blood samples from the umbillical cord. I was very happy to donate my children's umbillical cord but there were no places near by to do this.
WHO needs to do more to protect women and ther families (enpower them) to challenge staff.
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Title: Film shows Ukraine baby horror
Author: Luisetta Mudie
Article Id: 1471
Date Added: 12th Dec 2006