PRAGUE, July 23, 2001 ( – On July 10, Czech Republic President Vaclav Havel signed into law a bill regarding funeral arrangements which included a clause ensuring that the remains of aborted babies receive a proper burial. The law suggests that the mother is responsible for the burial of the remains of her child and failure to make the provisions could result in a fine of $500 to $1,250.

Some politicians are hoping to amend the law to eliminate the clause mandating burial for aborted babies before the law takes effect on January 1, 2002. According to the Prague Post, abortions have been legal in the country since 1957. They are available on demand during the child’s first 12 weeks gestation.

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