Japan is following Germany’s lead in introducing a “Baby Hatch” to allow mothers to anonymously drop off their newborns so that they can be put up for adoption (from Reuters). It is an alternative to abortion but still something that could haunt a person for a long time.
Jikei Hospital in southern Japan said it plans to install what it is calling a “stork’s cradle,” consisting of a flap in an outside wall which opens on to a small incubated bed.
An alarm bell would ring within minutes after a baby was deposited so hospital staff could come and care for the infant.
“By installing the hatch, we want to rescue both parents and babies,” said a hospital official. “Maybe there are some people who are suspicious about it, but we should not pretend not to see them and let them die. Babies are innocent.”