BBC NEWS England West Yorkshire Cooing at new-born babies banned: “Debbie Lawson, neo-natal manager at the hospital’s special care baby unit, said: ‘Cooing should be a thing of the past because these are little people with the same rights as you or me. “
And not a moment too soon. Not because the babies (at this time barely aware of their surroundings, never mind human rights) might object, but because it is generally a silly, twee practise.
Seriously though, why didn’t the specific hospital in question (I know it’s headline news in a national paper, but it’s only one hospital in West Yorkshire) just leave the reason at the increased risk of infection, as opposed to this ridiculous human rights angle?