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Thursday, May 10, 2007

Dump your newborn here

I'm not really sure what to make of this.
TOKYO - A Japanese hospital opened the country's only anonymous drop box for unwanted infants Thursday despite government admonitions against abandoning babies.

The baby drop-off, called "Crane's Cradle," was opened by the Catholic-run Jikei Hospital in the southern city of Kumamoto as a way to discourage abortions and the abandonment of infants in unsafe public places. The hospital described it as a parent's last resort.

A small hatch on the side of the hospital allows people to drop off babies in an incubator 24 hours a day, while an alarm will notify hospital staff of the new arrival. The infants will initially be cared for by the hospital and then put up for adoption.
Sometimes there's no need to issue an opinion on an issue. All you can do is mourn the sadness of the fact that it exists. This is one of those times.


Blogger Jeff Burton declared,

Joe - this is like prisons, adult diapers, and the U.S. Marines. It's sad that we need them, but I'm sure glad they exist.

5/11/2007 7:22 AM  
Blogger Brandy Dopkins declared,

well said

5/14/2007 11:04 AM  
Blogger erin declared,

I read about this! I guess I'm with Jeff...

5/15/2007 11:08 AM  

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