MPs push for anonymous births
A recent case in which a mother abandoned her baby boy in a public place a few days after the birth, has reopened debate on the need for legislation which would enable pregnant women to give birth anonymously.
A proposed law on anonymous births was overturned two years ago on the grounds that a child should have the right to know who its parents are. The bill's advocates are now preparing a more moderate version according to which the name of one or both parents would be kept in a secret file at the health ministry - a step that would enable a biological parent to be contacted in the event of critical health problems.
The idea is to enable such anonymous birth programmes in all maternity hospitals in the Czech Republic - on the grounds that the arrangement would save lives - possibly several a year. The proposal is to be debated in Parliament sometime in the autumn and although its fate is uncertain it stands more chance of gaining approval than a recent Christian Democrat proposal to ban abortions outright which was swept off the table at government level. The advocates of anonymous births claim that more women might re-consider having an abortion if the state could guarantee confidentiality.