Erfurt - In the debate about the advertising ban on abortions, the delegates of the 121st German Medical Association came out in favor of strengthening neutral information, individual advice and assistance for women in conflict situations.
In one A large majority of those who have been accepted are calling for doctors in practices and clinics to need framework conditions that enable them to take time to give individual advice to women seeking advice. The counseling centers should also be obliged to inform women who decide to have an abortion after consultation about which doctors in the vicinity will carry out an abortion. According to the delegates, this also includes an explanation of which abortion procedures can be carried out by these doctors.
After an intensive discussion, he also spoke out against deleting or restricting Section 219a of the Criminal Code. However, he calls for moderate changes to ensure that doctors who inform themselves within set framework of their willingness to carry out legally permissible abortions are not punished.
In the very serious and at times thoughtful debate - 17 doctors and nine doctors took part - it was often very quiet in the hall of the Erfurt trade fair: Above all, the very personal experiences of doctors who advise patients or carry out the interventions, as well as affected fathers, impressed those present.
There was great agreement that the criminalization and criminal conviction of doctors, as has happened in the past, is unsustainable. The delegates also noted that there was general consensus not to question the social compromise on Paragraph 218 from the 1990s. Likewise, many speakers stressed the complicated situations that many women find themselves in and that it is not easy to make decision. The same applies to doctors who performed an abortion.
Some speakers devoted themselves to the different concepts of information, which is laid out in the legal text of Paragraph 219a. Some argued that according to the professional code it is forbidden to advertise medical services, this also applies if the paragraphs no longer exist.
The proposal by the President of the German Medical Association, Frank-Ulrich Montgomery, is central one Most speakers in the debate rejected list of doctors who had aborted the program to be published on an independent Internet platform. They did not want "tourism destinations for life protectors", it was said, this was also "grist to the mill for anti-abortionists". Ultimately, according to the delegates of the 121st German Medical Congress, the solution to the conflict over paragraph 219a must be provided by the legislature.