Friday, September 28, 2007

Japan: "We want more babies, but we'd like someone else to deliver them."

We've been treated to scads of revelations of pregnant women being turned away by hospitals (in Japan) recently.

Some women have been rejected by more than ten hospitals!

Many stillbirths have resulted from the refusals over the past few years.

I am sure that there are instances where a patient can be refused admission to a hospital (infectious diseases), but this is a bit crazy. While it's no secret that the number of "preemies" born in Japan is nothing less than shocking (in other words, obstetricians might be wary of lawsuits resulting from premature births gone awry), one would be excused for thinking that a country facing such a severe demographic crunch would bend over backwards to welcome all potential citizens into the world.

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