Germany’s new political leaders are taking action to repeal a long-standing ban on advertising abortions.
On Monday, Justice Minister Marco Buschmann introduced a draft law to repeal the ban, a change that he said will end an “untenable legal situation” in Germany, Reuters reports.
“We want to end an untenable legal situation,” Buschmann said at a press conference. “The current legal situation is that doctors who give factual information about their work, and, for example, give information on the methods they use to carry out terminations, have to expect criminal investigations and convictions.”
For decades, Germany has banned doctors from advertising abortions – the intentional and unnecessary killing of unborn babies. Abortionists who violate the ban could face fines or jail time.
In Germany, abortions are legal up to 12 weeks after counseling and a three-day waiting period.
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“Doctors must be able to support women in this difficult situation without fear of prosecution,” the draft bill states, according to German news outlet Der Spiegel.
Buschmann said he does not think the change will increase abortions. According to government health statistics, nearly 100,000 unborn babies were killed in abortions in 2020 in Germany.
He also said the repeal will not allow “for promotional or even offensive advertising for abortions.”
New Chancellor Olaf Scholz and his government coalition support the repeal, according to the AP. They claim that killing unborn babies in elective abortions is “part of reliable health care.”
“Doctors should be able to provide public information about abortions without having to fear criminal prosecution,” the coalition said. This ban “impairs the woman’s right to sexual self-determination, continues to lead to legal uncertainty for doctors and, on the other hand, is not required to protect unborn life.”
However, abortions are not health care, as countless doctors and nurses will attest to. The purpose of an abortion is to kill an unborn baby, not to heal or save lives. Last year, medical groups representing tens of thousands of American medical professionals told the U.S. Supreme Court that unborn babies are patients, too, and they deserve the same rights and protections as every other human being.