German parties reach deal on softening Nazi-era abortion law
Doctors would be able to share information about terminations if bill is approved
Tue 29 Jan 2019
Germany’s coalition government agreed in principle on Tuesday to soften a Nazi-era law that forbids doctors from advertising or providing information on abortion services.
It would allow gynaecologists, hospitals and public health services to share essential information about where and how women can terminate unwanted pregnancies.
German parties to vote on 'out of date' Nazi-era abortion law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.