Drop Off Your Baby Here

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A Kumamoto hospital just announced that they’re going to start a baby drop off service for parents who decided they don’t want to raise their kids anymore. It’s literally called the Baby Post Box, and it’s presumably going to be at some side entrance of the hospital.

Do they have this in the US? It is the first in Japan, and I’m not sure how I feel about it. It’s kind of a good idea that would prevent death from neglect, etc. I guess. But does it make it too easy to abandon the responsibilities of parenthood? Also, sometimes I put things in the mail that I don’t really mean to, like magazine subscription postcards. Isn’t it possible that a parent might, on a whim, drop off their kid while it’s having a temper tantrum, only to realize what a mistake they made later?

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