Germany’s New Government Will Eliminate Nazi-Era Abortion Law

Germany’s new government plans to end a Nazi-era law that prohibits doctors from providing information on abortions and that has long been criticized for creating obstacles for women seeking to make informed decisions.

“Doctors should be able to provide public information on abortions without fear of prosecution,” Social Democrats, Greens and Free Democrats said Wednesday in their agreement to form a coalition government.

Technically, abortion is completely illegal in Germany. However, it is allowed under certain circumstances and the procedure must be done within 12 weeks of conception.

However, critics, including the Greens, have said that it is too difficult for women to access information about what procedures are available and who provides them.

Until recently, doctors were not allowed to publicly declare that they performed abortions. That law was amended in 2019 in a compromise that meant doctors could say they were offering termination of pregnancies, but were not allowed to provide more information about such procedures.

Both pro-abortion and anti-abortion speak out outside the US Supreme Court as the court hears arguments over a challenge to a Texas law banning abortion after six weeks in Washington, US. , Nov. 1, 2021 (credit: REUTERS / EVELYN HOCKSTEIN). )

The new government’s coalition agreement said it plans to eliminate the law, introduced in 1933, as part of efforts to strengthen women’s rights to self-determination.

“The option to terminate a pregnancy at no cost is part of a reliable health care system,” the agreement said.

The move comes amid strong protests in Poland, which borders Germany, against strict abortion laws and while abortion rights in the United States are under attack.

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