Saturday, 20 April 2019

Germany to soften ban on abortion advertising

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BERLIN: Germany´s coalition government agreed in principle Tuesday to soften a controversial law that bars medical doctors from advertising abortion services.

Gynaecologists and hospitals will now be allowed to share essential information about where and how women can terminate unwanted pregnancies.

German law allows abortions but has long effectively discouraged them through various hurdles such as the advertising ban.

Last year gynaecologist Kristina Haenel was fined 6,000 euros ($6,800) for breaking the law by publishing information on abortion services on her website.

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