Germany’s medical system sidelines abortion

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Germany's medical system sidelines abortion
Abortion doctors can be hard to find in Germany. In some cities there are none, and their number appears to be declining, while medical schools often fail to teach the procedure so crucial to women. Papayas help a bit.

Date 11.05.2018
Author Nancy Isenson

Around 101,200 abortions were performed in Germany in 2017, or 277 each day. It's not exactly a rare procedure. Which is why future doctor Alicia Baier was disturbed to find that abortion played virtually no role in her studies at Berlin's Charité university medical school.

"In six years of studies, in which we learn many details that we will not need later, we learn almost nothing about such an important intervention," she says.

Continued: http://www.dw.com/en/germanys-medical-system-sidelines-abortion/a-43702057

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Campaigners in Berlin to hold fundraiser ahead of Irish abortion referendum

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Campaigners in Berlin to hold fundraiser ahead of Irish abortion referendum

Rachel Loxton
5 April 2018

Pro-choice campaigners have a serious message in their fight for reproductive rights. But a group of expats in Berlin is aiming to provide some light relief on the issue of abortion by inviting people to party together.

The Berlin-Ireland Pro Choice Solidarity group is trying to remove the stigma of abortion, raise funds for women in need and highlight the upcoming Irish referendum on abortion laws at the fundraiser on Friday April 6th.

Continued: https://www.thelocal.de/20180405/pro-abortion-irish-referendum-berlin

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A Hitler-Era Abortion Law Haunts Merkel, and Germany

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A Hitler-Era Abortion Law Haunts Merkel, and Germany

By MELISSA EDDY
MARCH 27, 2018

BERLIN — She was an obscure gynecologist in a central German town who never intended to stoke a debate that is driving a wedge into Chancellor Angela Merkel’s new government. But faced with a fine under a Nazi-era law for publishing information about abortion on the website of her gynecological practice, Kristina Hänel said she had no choice but to publicize a prohibition that she calls “outdated and unnecessary.”

The law, paragraph 219a of the German criminal code, makes it a crime for doctors to publicly advertise in any way that they perform abortions, even though they are permitted in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. For decades, the advertising ban was largely overlooked. Many gynecologists who listed abortion among their offerings to prospective patients say they were not aware of its existence until they received notice from a prosecutor informing them of legal proceedings against them.

Continued: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/27/world/europe/germany-nazi-era-abortion-law.html

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German Minister Rejects Bill Allowing Doctors to Offer Abortion

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German Minister Rejects Bill Allowing Doctors to Offer Abortion

Published 18 March 2018
by Earl Bousquet

Spahn warned Merkel that he will demand a rightward shift within the Christian Democratic party once he becomes the country's new health minister.

Germany's new Health Minister Jens Spahn caused outrage amongst women's rights groups and opposition parties after he accused pro-abortion activists of better defending living animals than unborn humans.

Continued: https://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/German-Minister-Rejects-Bill-Allowing-Doctors-to-Offer-Abortion-20180318-0019.html

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The German parliament is split over a Nazi-era abortion law that punishes doctors

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The German parliament is split over a Nazi-era abortion law that punishes doctors

by Jill Petzinger
March 15, 2018

One of the first orders of business for the freshly-formed government in Berlin next week was meant to be a vote on striking a law introduced by the Nazis in the 1930s, making it illegal for doctors to publicly say that they offer abortion services or abortion advice.

In a country as progressive as Germany, it may surprise some people to know that under section 219a of the criminal code, a medical professional is forbidden to publicly “offer, announce, or advertise” abortion services. Breaking the law is punishable with a fine or up to two years in prison.

Continued: https://qz.com/1228962/the-german-parliament-is-split-over-a-nazi-era-abortion-law-that-punishes-doctors/

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The Renaissance of Germany’s Abortion Rights Movement

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The Renaissance of Germany’s Abortion Rights Movement

By Kathleen Brown
March 15, 2018

As Germany’s natalist far right rises, a growing progressive movement is challenging the country’s Nazi-era abortion laws.

In November 2017, German doctor Kristina Hänel was found guilty of breaking Paragraph 219a of the German Criminal Code and fined €6,000 by the Gießen District Court. Her crime? Listing abortion as a medical service on her practice’s website.

Dr. Hänel was charged under Nazi-era Paragraph 219a, which criminalizes advertising abortion services. The offense is punishable with up to two years in prison for anyone who publicly “offers, announces or recommends services for pregnancy termination.” In court, Hänel’s defense lawyer argued that her website remains informational and does not meet the definition of advertising. Nonetheless, the Gießen judge found Dr. Hänel guilty, justifying the ruling, “Lawmakers do not want to discuss abortion in public as if it were a normal thing.” Except, as Dr. Hänel and many women know, abortion is a normal thing. Over 100,000 individuals in Germany choose to terminate unwanted pregnancies each year.

Continued: https://www.jacobinmag.com/2018/03/germanys-abortion-rights-movement-afd-fascism

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German parties to vote on ‘out of date’ Nazi-era abortion law

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German parties to vote on 'out of date' Nazi-era abortion law
Doctors face two-year jail sentences for advertising or giving information on abortion

Kate Connolly in Berlin
Sun 11 Mar 2018

A debate over proposals to scrap a Nazi-era law that forbids German doctors from providing information on abortion is expected to set the tone of the new coalition government when it is voted on this week.

Under paragraph 219a of the German penal code, it is a crime to advertise, offer or give information on abortion services, and those found guilty of doing so can face a two-year jail sentence or a hefty fine.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/11/german-parties-to-vote-on-out-of-date-nazi-era-abortion-law

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Germany: Pot, abortion and Deniz Yücel top marathon debate day in Bundestag

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Germany: Pot, abortion and Deniz Yücel top marathon debate day in Bundestag
German MPs sat through a long day of debates covering issues from pot, to burqa bans, to abortion "advertisements," to journalist Deniz Yücel's work. DW breaks down what happened.

22.02.2018
Rebecca Staudenmaier

Decriminalizing abortion 'advertising'

What was proposed: The Greens and the Left party each proposed draft laws to repeal paragraph 219a of Germany's criminal code. The clause makes it a crime for anyone who publically "offers, announces [or] advertises" abortion services. Those who do so can be jailed for two years or face a fine.

The business-friendly, free-market liberal Free Democrats (FDP) recommended amending the clause so that it only penalizes abortion advertising "which is done in a roughly offensive manner."

Continued: http://www.dw.com/en/germany-pot-abortion-and-deniz-y%C3%BCcel-top-marathon-debate-day-in-bundestag/a-42704715

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‘Abortion in Germany – where providing information is a crime’

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'Abortion in Germany - where providing information is a crime'

The Local
12 February 2018

It is high time that Germany scraps a 1930s law that forbids doctors from providing women with complete information on how to terminate a pregnancy, argues Kate Cahoon.

Germany is seen as a pretty liberal country. Alcohol is sold in supermarkets and is practically cheaper than bottled water, kids can buy a large enough quantity of fireworks to blow up a small house, and gay marriage is legal (okay, only since last year, but Christopher Street Day in Berlin attracts such a crowd it’s almost a public holiday). But there are some things you can’t do – particularly if you’re a woman and say, pregnant, or a doctor who carries out pregnancy terminations.

Continued: https://www.thelocal.de/20180212/abortion-in-germany-where-providing-information-is-a-crime

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Germany’s ambiguous abortion laws rankle with all sides

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Germany’s ambiguous abortion laws rankle with all sides
The country’s vague regulations are stirring tensions with both camps seeking change

Mon, Feb 5, 2018
Derek Scally

It’s almost 20 years ago, but Annika* remembers her abortion clearly. It was 1999, she had just moved from Zürich to Berlin with her two children after the break-up of her marriage.

It was only during the second, hassled month of building a new life in the German capital that she noticed her period hadn’t arrived.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/europe/germany-s-ambiguous-abortion-laws-rankle-with-all-sides-1.3379731

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