Stillborn babies who die from the 22nd week of pregnancy onwards will be given a kennitala if changes to the law on personal registration are approved.
The draft bill is currently open for consultation on the government’s Samráðsgátt website.
The bill is put forth by the transportation and local government minister at the request of Þjóðskrá Íslands (Registers Iceland).
The bill states that children that die before birth after the 22nd week of pregnancy are usually put on an external register which the agency believes is overcomplicated and inappropriate. The bill proposes giving stillborn babies so-called ‘system kennitölur’, which is the same type of kennitala held by foreign citizens who do not live and work in Iceland but who need contact with public bodies in the country.
The draft bill says it is important for medical science that stillborn children are registered, and that it is no-less important for the rights of the parents of children that die after the 22nd week of pregnancy for their right to paid parental leave.