A group of Czech mothers known as the “breastfeeding guerrillas” – Kojící guerila – held a “feed-in” shortly before lunchtime on Monday at local branches of Austria’s Raiffeisen bank. The protest was called over a specific incident at a Prague branch, but is part of a long-running campaign to change public attitudes.
The number of childless women in the Czech Republic continues to increase. While in the 1970s and 80s, only five to seven percent of women living in then communist Czechoslovakia didn’t have children, the Czech Statistics Office projects that every sixth woman who is now in her thirties will remain childless.
The Czech Republic’s Constitutional Court has ruled in its recent verdict
that prisoners have right to maintain contact with their children.
The Constitutional Judge overruled a previous verdict issued by a District Court in Brno, which severed ties between a father and his children when the father was imprisoned. It argued that visits to prison would be too traumatic for them. The Constitution Judge stressed in his ruling that prisoners don’t lose their rights to be a parent.
Czech parents have become far more involved in the running of their children’s schools in the last two years, according to a newly produced study by the national school inspections body quoted by Czech Television on Sunday. The report says that parents typically demand more improved services, a wider variety of hobby groups and a wider variety of food in school canteens. One in 10 schools reported that parents have called for action to be taken against bullying and in some cases for the expulsion of pupils who repeatedly disrupt lessons.
The Czech lower house has rejected a proposed amendment to the law that would have enabled unmarried women to undergo artificial fertilization using the sperm of an anonymous donor. The proposal sparked heated debate on the discrimination of singles and the right of a child to know who its parents are.
Czech MPs have voted against a bill allowing unmarried women to undergo artificial fertilisation using the sperm of an anonymous donor, iDnes.cz reported. Only 40 of 153 deputies present for Wednesday’s vote supported the amendment put forward by František Adamek of the Social Democrats. The motion sparked impassioned debate, with TOP 09 deputy Jitka Chalánková saying the right to have a child did not rank among the basic human rights. Reacting to this statement, the Social Democrat minister for social affairs, Michaela Marksová, said Ms. Chalánková had completely lost her mind. Mr. Adamek said the bill would remove the current requirement for unmarried women to present a male “partner” at fertility clinics.
Lower house lawmakers have passed a raft of proposed government tax changes which mainly focus on offering more tax relief for parents for second, third, and fourth children. The move, for example, boosts tax relief for a second child by 2400 crowns to reach 19404 crowns. The measure, if backed by the Senate and president, should come into effect by April 1. But a series of amendments to the rules over electronic cash registers and sales declarations proposed by both government and opposition parties failed to win sufficient support.
Almost one in two children now born in the Czech Republic is to couples out of wedlock or single mothers, according to figures from the Czech Statistical Office. The trend is described as the most striking of recent years. Last year around 48 percent of new born babies come into this category. The figure in 1989 was just 8.0 percent. The EU average for children born out of wedlock is around 40 percent. Iceland tops the league of children born to unmarried parents with around two out of three children fitting the bill.