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Italian Parliament debates right of unrecognized children to know their mother

In Italy a woman has the right to give birth anonymously without recognizing her child. It is the modern (and safer) version of the old “wheels” which were installed outside monasteries to collect anonymously unwanted children.

The secret over the mother’s identity is guaranteed for one hundred years, but more and more people are challenging this provision, leading to two judgments by the European Court of Human Rights and by the Italian Constitutional Court which shattered the old system and created a high amount of legal uncertainty.

That is why the Italian Parliament is debating a Bill which would introduce a new regulation of the issue. However, the MPs are still discussing on how to balance to rights of the mother and those of the former “abandoned” child. Should the latter be allowed to obtain the name of his mother even without her consent?

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