After years of controversy and criticism from gynaecologists, Germany is planning to scrap a Nazi-era law that limits information on abortion, while access to the procedure in the country remains beset by obstacles. The AFP news agency reports that paragraph 219a, adopted in 1933 shortly after Adolf Hitler had taken power, prohibits the “promotion” of abortion, a crime punishable by “up to two years of imprisonment or a fine”. It is on this basis that courts have in recent years handed out penalties to medical professionals offering information on pregnancy terminations on the internet. In some cases, the sites offered a simple statement that the gynaecologist carries out abortions, with no further details.
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