MIL-OSI Translation: CDU/CSU rejects advertising for abortion


MIL OSI translation. Region: Germany/Germany –

Source: CDU CSU

Günter Krings: “The abolition of the advertising ban is a mistake. The Federal Constitutional Court has obliged the legislature to keep the protection of unborn life in public awareness. Because the unborn child has human dignity from the very beginning. Advertising obviously stands in the way of this task. Anyone who allows advertising accepts that abortions are presented and perceived as a normal medical service. But they are not!

The judgment cassation contained in the draft law lacks a viable justification. When the traffic light makes it the rule that legal changes go hand in hand with the annulment of all court judgments under the previously applicable law, that is also a slap in the face to all judges who have participated completely correctly in the proceedings. This ultimately undermines trust in our rule of law. The judgment cassation is highly problematic in terms of equality law. It is also contradictory when the government criminalizes misleading advertising for abortion in the future via the Medicines Advertising Act, while at the same time overturning all previous judgments – including those relating to misleading advertising.”

Elisabeth Winkelmeier-Becker: “We have a good compromise in Germany with the current regulation of abortion without punishment after consultation, which also includes the ban on advertising. This counseling solution cleverly addresses the conflict of fundamental rights between the woman’s right to self-determination and the child’s right to life. One thing is absolutely clear: the woman has the sole right to make decisions. And nobody questions this right. However, the advice also draws attention to the unborn child and solutions are shown that can make life with a child possible. Advertising does not fit this finely balanced protection concept.

The main argument of the traffic light also falls flat. There is simply no information deficit. Even today, every question about an abortion is answered through the interaction of advice, individual medical information and the information on the Internet. Nevertheless, there may be more information on the doctor’s website. And if the traffic light coalition were only interested in expanding the information options for doctors, we could easily achieve this by changing paragraph 219a of the Criminal Code. The Union was willing to do that. In our motion, we also call for more support for low-income women to buy contraceptives to prevent unwanted pregnancies. Unfortunately, the coalition did not respond to that either.”


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