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article imageJapanese hospital tests first "baby hatch"

By RobotGod     May 1, 2007 in World
Japan's first "baby hatch", where mothers can drop off babies they can't care for, completed a test-run on Tuesday with a doll, clearing the way for the controversial facility to start operating in about a week.
Jikei Hospital in the southwestern city of Kumamoto, which has links with the Catholic church, has built an incubator-like hatch with access from the outside of the building to allow babies to be dropped off safely and anonymously.
They nicknamed this place "Cradle of Storks". They are hoping that it will save the lives of abandoned babies.
Germany has one and Italy recently opened one as well. Some criticize the idea and say that it may lead to even more people abandoning their babies anonymously.
When a baby is placed inside the hatch, the staff are notified by an alarm, a light and a video image.
All I can say is, right or wrong, whether it will lead to more or not, this will save babies, so it's a good thing.
It is a very strange world that we live in when we need such a place however. It is sad that we need such a place at all.
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