A private hospital in Kumamoto that has launched a program for women who want to give birth anonymously is calling on the government to legalize the program, but receiving little in the way of response.

Jikei Hospital, known for installing a so-called baby hatch where people can leave babies anonymously, started the program this month in a bid to rescue women forced into giving birth in isolation because of financial or other hardships.

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