Abortions in Germany: A change of crisis pregnancy Act

On 13 May 2009, the Bundestag decided a change of crisis pregnancy Act. Therefore is now in abortions after the 12th Week a three-day reflection period between diagnosis and the indication exhibition duty. The only exception is in acute danger to “life and limb”. In addition, you must consult your doctor for abortion.

What happens before an abortion?
Make the decision for yourself. Incidentally, no doctor can be forced to perform such an operation. In patients, under 16 years of gynaecologists require the written consent of at least one parent, usually.
First, a woman doctor must determine whether you are indeed pregnant. The gynaecological examination depends on the age of the pregnancy and possible malformations of the embryo. Seek advice from your doctor and find out about the legal situation. Upon request, you will receive a certificate of pregnancy, which includes, among other things, the age of the pregnancy. Nevertheless, you do not need this certificate for statutory pregnancy conflict counselling.

The obligation consultation to receive pregnant women and girls free in an approved counselling agency, e.g. Pro Familia or an ecclesiastical office. The consultants perform a detailed discussion with you to discuss your situation in detail and propose solutions. You can remain anonymous at first, so do not give your name. After talking to you to decide whether you want to continue the pregnancy or not. You are entitled to an advisory note – now with your name and the date. The permit can but say nothing about the content and the flow of the conversation. Without this guidance note is not a legal abortion. Catholic institutions are limited since 2002 in consulting.
Facilities / Costs
Check with your gynaecologist or Planned Parenthood, which make specialists or facilities in your area by engaging modern medical standards and what costs are involved. Generally eligible for an abortion are:

• Medical facilities of Pro Familia
• Practices or clinics
• Hospitals and doctors’ offices suitably equipped

Abortions: Numbers and laws in Germany

In the year 2009, 110.700 abortions were reported to the Federal Statistical Office in Germany. These were 3,800 abortions (three percent) less than the previous year.

73 percent of women, who had abortions carried out 18 and 34 years, were between old, 15 percent between 35 and 39 years. Eight percent of the women were 40 years and older and 4 percent – underage. 40 percent of women had been born at the time of pregnancy termination children.

Most procedures (97 percent) were made by the counselling regulation. After that abortion is indeed illegal but unpunished (§ 218 StGB). A medical or criminological indication was 3 percent of the cases the reason for the abortion. Under this scheme, the termination is not unlawful and unpunished.

The differences are:

Without indication (“Consultation” provision) allows you to ask an abortion, the decision is yours. However, please note the following:

You need to be advised (pregnancy conflict counselling, § 219 of the Criminal Code, e.g. Planned Parenthood).

You need a certificate from a recognized counselling centre.

The intervention must take place within 12 weeks after conception.
Between counselling and abortion must be at least three days (at the earliest so on the 4th day).

With indication: The demolition shall not be deemed unlawful if from a medical standpoint there is an indication. There are two options:

Criminological indication: you could, for instance the case of rape. The demolition has until the end of the 12th Week take place after conception.

Medical Indications: The continuation of the pregnancy would endanger the life or the physical or mental health of the woman. This indication also applies if there is an injury to the child. The termination can also after the 12th Week are performed for a time limit, there is not here.

A medical certificate must confirm the indication. However, the doctor who determines the indication may not simultaneously carry out the intervention. You need to contact another doctor. The health insurance companies cover the costs of the intervention.