Parliamentary mothers push for babies in the Bundestag

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DDP/The Local - [email protected] • 17 Dec, 2009 Updated Thu 17 Dec 2009 09:17 CEST
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Babies may soon be allowed into parliamentary debates at Germany's lower house, the Bundestag, if female politicians get their way, Cologne daily Express reported on Thursday.

“In the future we also want to have mothers in the parliament, therefore we want to pass a rule for exceptional situations that allows children up to 12-months old in the plenary hall in emergencies,” Green party politician and Bundestag Vice President Katrin Göring-Eckardt told the paper.

There are several mothers in parliament who have infants, the paper said. Free Democrat Judith Skudelny recently caused a stir when she brought her four-month-old baby daughter into a parliamentary session.

Since then, several female parliamentarians have been pressing Bundestag administrators for a new rule to allow babies if mothers can’t find alternative child care.

“The majority is smaller than it was during the grand coalition – every vote counts,” Green party politician and mother of an eight-month-old daughter Kerstin Andreae told the paper.

Supporters of the measure are also reviewing other options to accommodate politicians with babies, such as a day care room near the plenary hall of the Reichstag building, the paper said.

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