The unborn child is a person with the right to an identity, say bishops of Panama

Catholic News Agency | 9/18/2019 | Staff
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Panama City, Panama, Sep 18, 2019 / 06:01 pm (CNA).- The Panamanian bishops expressed their support last week for a bill that would allow parents to register their children who were miscarried, as this would help “the parents alleviate the pain and make more bearable their mourning over the loss” of their baby.

The bishops made the statement in a Sept. 12 communiqué titled “The right to registration of identity of the child in the womb” regarding Bill 18 on “Identity of child who was miscarried,” proposed by Corina Cano, a legislator of the Nationalist Republican Liberal Movement, which is the junior partner in a governing coalition with the Democratic Revolutionary Party.

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According to La Prensa, a Panama City daily, this law would create at the national level “a book of deceased persons who were conceived but not born” and would amend Article 60 of the Civil Registry to include “those that occur in the mother's womb whatever the cause of death, gestational age, or weight that it had at the moment of death.”

The bill also says that the registration would be made within 72 hours of the death's occurrence.

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Panamanian media indicate the initiative has been criticized by some feminist groups who believe the bill violates the law, puts the Civil Code at risk, and confuses the tasks of the Civil Registry.

In their statement, the bishops recalled that “the Catholic Church has defended the rights a person has from the moment of conception until the person's natural death.”

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“In the Family Code this is recognized in Article 484, which regulates the rights and guarantees of the minor child by defining the minor as: 'every human being from its conception to eighteen (18) years of age'”, the prelates stated.

They also stressed that “the unborn child is a person who has the right to have...
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