Germany abolishes Nazi-era abortion law

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BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany on Friday repealed a Nazi-era law banning doctors from providing information about abortions.

The lower house of the Bundestag voted to repeal the law, meaning doctors are now allowed to give additional information about abortions without fear of prosecution.

Under the law, doctors in Germany had been allowed to say they were offering termination of pregnancy, but they were not allowed to give further details about the procedures involved.

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Technically, abortion is completely illegal in Germany. However, it is allowed under certain circumstances and the procedure must be performed within 12 weeks of conception.

“For nearly a century, doctors have been prohibited and punishable from providing factual information about methods and possible risks to women who are considering terminating a pregnancy,” Justice Minister Marco Buschmann said in a statement. a statement.

“Today, this period of distrust of women and distrust of doctors is coming to an end.”

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All criminal convictions issued on the basis of the law since October 1990 will also be revoked and any ongoing proceedings will be discontinued.

The new government outlined its plans to scrap the law in the coalition agreement signed in November.

(Reporting by Miranda Murray; Editing by Hugh Lawson)

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