Japanese hospital’s plan for abandoned babies

Plans have been approved to set up a baby 'hatch' to accept abandoned newborns at Jikei Hospital in Kumamoto, Japan.

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Parents who decide they can’t raise their baby will be able to place the newborn in a specially designed infant incubator through a door that can be opened from the outside of the building.

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When a baby is placed in the incubator, a sensor notifies doctors. Children left in the hatch will be named by the city mayor and handed over to infant homes.

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Views are split over the idea. Some think the hatch will save lives that would otherwise be lost, while others believe it could encourage people to abandon their babies.

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