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Abortion: Binz welcomes repeal of 219a

The Rhineland-Palatinate Minister for Family Affairs, Katharina Binz, welcomed the lifting of the so-called advertising ban for abortions. In the event of an unwanted pregnancy, women now have every opportunity to find out about an abortion, said the Greens politician on Friday. A large majority of MPs in the Bundestag voted in favor of the government draft to delete the relevant law paragraph 219a from the penal code.

The Rhineland-Palatinate Family Minister Catherine Binz has welcomed the lifting of the so-called advertising ban for abortions. In the event of an unwanted pregnancy, women now have every opportunity to find out about an abortion, said the Greens politician on Friday. A large majority of MPs in the Bundestag voted in favor of the government draft to delete the relevant law paragraph 219a from the penal code.

In the past, paragraph 219a has repeatedly led to doctors not being able to provide detailed information about abortions information without risking prosecution. That should change now. The doctors are granted a right to information in the approved government draft.

“The removal of Section 219a is an important sign and it is a good day for Women in Germany,” said Binz. «For unwanted pregnant women, an abortion is now included
There will be fewer hurdles, since doctors are now able to publicly and extensively provide information about abortions with impunity.»

The State Medical Association of Rhineland-Palatinate was also satisfied. The deletion of the paragraph was long overdue, said Chamber President Günther Matheis on Friday. “It must be possible to give affected women in difficult personal situations appropriate information.”

dpa