Saturday, September 15, 2007

It sounds like Japan needs some crisis pregnancy centres

Japan is a place where abortion is relatively uncontroversial. Women get them, and there's no discussion about it consisting of the killing of human being.

It's just not a very pro-life country.

However, the introduction of the baby hatch at Jikei Hospital in Kumamoto has led to a huge surge in the number of calls to their pregnancy counselling line:

About 70 percent of the calls were from outside Kumamoto Prefecture, indicating that facilities for such consultations are lacking nationwide.


In Japan, the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry says there are only a few public bodies that can offer women help with unwanted pregnancies.

A ministry official said: "There are four facilities operated by the central government that offer free consultation. But there is no aid for people who can't afford delivery costs, or direct assistance to mothers and babies."

Many of the callers to Jikei Hospital also said they had found a lack of organizations from which they could seek help.

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