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Japan's 'baby hatch' sets off flood of advice seekers

Japan's 'baby hatch' sets off flood of advice seekers
Sep 6 12:54 PM

Hundreds of people have called an advice hotline since a Japanese hospital opened a controversial "baby hatch," where seven children have been left anonymously, officials and reports said Thursday.

The Roman Catholic hospital set up the hatch in May in a bid to prevent abortions and unwanted children. It looks like a mailbox with pictures of storks and is modelled on a similar idea in Germany.

Conservative Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has expressed outrage at the baby drop-off, saying it encourages irresponsibility, but he could find no legal grounds on which stop it being installed.
The hospital has declined to say how many children it has received, but reports said seven have been deposited....

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