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Germany May Soon Allow Anonymous Hospital Births to Preserve Children's Identity

Update Date: Mar 13, 2013 05:00 PM EDT
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Germany may soon allow women to use fake names when giving birth in hospitals.  However, the German government says it will still ensure that children of anonymous hospital births will still be able to learn their mother's true identity after turning 16.

The Associated Press reports German government's Cabinet on Wednesday agreed on a bill that would allow women in distress to give birth using false names for the birth certificates.

Each year, dozens of German newborns are abandoned in discreet "baby boxes" associated with hospitals by mothers who feel unable to look after their babies.  Many advocates of child right complain that this deprives these children of their identity and encourages women to give birth dangerously outside clinics. 

If Parliament agrees to the proposal, it would become law in 2014. 

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