GERMANY – Higher court overturns abortion “advertising” conviction

Dr Kristina Haenel was fined € 6,000 euros in 2017 by a court in Giessen after stating on her website that she carried out abortions. That simple statement was said to violate the legal ban on “advertising” abortion, which carried a fine or a prison sentence of up to two years. A higher court in Frankfurt has overturned a doctor’s conviction for advertising abortions after the government loosened its regulations on the issue, but for … Continued

GERMANY – German court fines two more doctors over abortion ‘advertising’

On 14 June 219, a German court found two more doctors who had put a simple announcement on their practice website to say they provided abortion services guilty of breaking the law, and fined them each €2,000. The government earlier this year had lifted a blanket ban on doctors announcing the availability of abortion services on their websites, because of the public uproar over a previous case. Under the supposedly eased rules, gynaecologists, hospitals and … Continued

GERMANY – Doctors now allowed to say they provide abortions, but that’s all

On 6 February 2019, the German Cabinet approved a compromise amendment to the Penal Code on “advertisement of abortion” and on 21 February, the Parliament approved the amendment. It allows doctors to state in websites/literature describing their health services that they provide abortion services. But they are still prohibited from providing any further information. The Social Democratic Party and opposition parties had wanted to remove the paragraph from the Penal Code altogether, but Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) … Continued

Germany: Government law reform proposal maintains abortion stigma

The timing and content of the German government’s proposed way forward to address the use of Penal Code §219a to target physicians providing lawful abortion services has been roundly criticised for failing women and their health care providers.[1] In force since 1933, §219a is entitled “advertisement for termination of pregnancy” and criminalises those who offer abortion services “for material gain or in a grossly inappropriate manner”. In Germany, abortion is a crime, which is not … Continued


Two doctors defend right to inform patients Two gynaecologists in Germany were put on trial in August 2018 after one refused to pay a €6,000 fine for listing abortion on their website as one of the medical services offered at their practice. During the trial, a 200-300 person demonstration outside the court argued that providing information to women shouldn’t be a crime. According to Germany’s criminal code, however, anyone who publically “offers, announces [or] advertises” … Continued

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