• Ashigara, Kanagawa


Krishna Haksar’s May 30 letter, “Baby hatch is not the answer,” about the baby hatch facility recently opened at Kumamoto’s Jikei hospital, fails to acknowledge those babies born to women in circumstances in which they cannot share their plight with anyone else.

I am thinking specifically of a case in Japan some years ago when a baby born to a junior high school student and her boyfriend — after it was secretly delivered by them in an open-air location — was abandoned in a nearby temple in cold weather and died. One assumes that the couple were fearful of the consequences of their actions and thus felt that they had no choice but to abandon the infant.

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