Nun berichtet auch die New York Times über den Streit um den deutschen „Nazi-Paragraphen“ 219a:
BERLIN — She was an obscure gynecologist in a central German town who never intended to stoke a debate that is driving a wedge into Chancellor Angela Merkel’s new government.
But faced with a fine under a Nazi-era law for publishing information about abortion on the website of her gynecological practice, Kristina Hänel said she had no choice but to publicize a prohibition that she calls “outdated and unnecessary.”
The law, paragraph 219a of the German criminal code, makes it a crime for doctors to publicly advertise in any way that they perform abortions, even though they are permitted in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. For decades, the advertising ban was largely overlooked. Many gynecologists who listed abortion among their offerings to prospective patients say they were not aware of its existence until they received notice from a prosecutor informing them of legal proceedings against them.
Just weeks into Ms. Merkel’s fourth term in office, the issue has become a challenge facing the first woman to serve as German chancellor. Amid a spiraling debate, it is testing her ability to establish common ground between the conservative bloc of her own Christian Democrats and more liberal forces in their governing partners, the Social Democrats. (…)
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