Several Australian feminists have denounced Telegraph, a popular daily, for carrying a large picture of an abandoned infant girl and a caption alongside , How could she?
The all too obvious reference to the mother who abandoned the girl, for whatever reason, has infuriated many who say the newspaper has been insensitive.
"It is outrageous, it is irresponsible, it is unprofessional," said Jeff Kennett, who heads Beyond Blue, a national initiative to counter depression.
Catherine - as she has been named by her temporary carers - was found blue with cold in a cardboard fruit box, dumped outside the psychiatric wing of Dandenong Hospital early on Sunday morning.
She is now being cared for at Melbourne's Royal Children's Hospital.
"She (the mother) left it where she knew the baby would receive the best of care," Kennett said.
"We don't know whether she was suffering post-natal depression, or whether she was in a situation which meant she couldn't keep the child," he said.
Mr Kennett launched a scathing attack on The Daily Telegraph's editor David Penberthy, whom he blamed for allowing the headline to be published.
"This man in an absolutely irresponsible, uncaring, unprofessional way goes and allows a headline like that to be written. I don't think there's any excuse," Mr Kennett said.
But conservative Prime Minister John Howard defended the newspaper, saying the headline reflected how most people would react.
"In defence of the Tele, that's what most people say," Mr Howard told ABC Radio.
"I feel for the mother, I feel for the baby, I feel for the woman's family but fair go to The Tele, after all, that is the natural reaction.
"How could you abandon a little baby?"
A photo of the baby was given to media and Monday morning it was splashed across two tabloid front pages in different cities.
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