In Japan, a Roman Catholic hospital's controversial "storks' cradle" is a flyaway success. The hatch is designed to be a safe haven for unwanted babies, and officials say in the past year 16 years babies have been safely dropped off and more than 1,000 people have called for advice. The hatch ensures a safe drop-off point where unwanted children are placed anonymously and are guaranteed care by the hospital.
The program has received criticism from conservative politicians, but perseveres in the hope of preventing abortions and abuse against unwanted children. The director of the hospital says, "As I said when it was installed, it would be best if it were not used. . . . honestly speaking, I was surprised to see there were this many troubled mothers." He said the so-called Storks' Cradle "has performed a great role," bringing attention to problems from unwanted pregnancies. To see what's happening in the US, read more.
In related news, American super-mother Michelle Duggar has the extreme opposite problem. She has just announced that she is pregnant with her 18th child. She has been pregnant for 11 years of her life. She has seven girls and 10 boys, and said that she and her husband will keep having children as long as God wills it. The Duggar family has many shows on the Discovery Health Channel that I cannot stop watching.
Are either of these methods responsible ways to deal with child bearing? Is the safe drop-off spot a good way of dealing with unwanted pregnancies without resorting to abortion? Is having 18 children a responsible use of global resources? Are megafamilies okay if they're self-supporting? What if they're not?