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Australia's debate on stillborn babies birth certificates

Politicians in Australia have been debating whether to change the law regarding the issuing of birth certificates to babies who are stillborn.

At the moment, if a child is stillborn before 20 weeks old, no certificate is issued. But campaigners, led by Tarlia Bartsch who lost her own child, believe it should be reduced to 12 weeks.

Some object and say it puts pressure on abortion laws.

Duncan Kennedy reports.

Should stillborn babies be given birth certificates?

  • 14 May 2012
  • From the section Asia
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