I didn’t expect this positive development to come from the Netherlands, but am thrilled, nonetheless. In response to a petition from its citizens, the Dutch government now allows people to register their stillborn children as a legal person in the Personal Records Database. What the government didn’t expect was a young woman coming forward who desperately regretted her abortion and wanted to register her unborn child. Officials at Amsterdam’s City Hall received the request with sympathy and support and issued a birth certificate for her baby. The child’s name is now on the official government website and in the populations register for persons. Perhaps this acknowledgement will give the mother some closure in the process of grieving for her baby.