☷   ABORTION LEGISLATION

1950: abortion is legalized in former communist Eastern Germany (German Democratic Republic, GDR)
1976: abortion is allowed (Former Federal Republic of Germany, FRG): 1976; revised version §218

1992: new Law after reunification of West and East Germany (27 July)
1993: transitional legal regulations
1995: Law “Schwangeren- und Familienhilfeänderungsgesetz” (21 August)
2010: changes concerning medical grounds.
Abort-Report_Germany Abortion conditions
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Legal conditions

  • Pre-abortion consultation (legal counselling) except in case of rape.The counselling must take place at a state-approved centre, which differs from the abortion centre.
  • Written consent by the woman
  • Mandatory 3-day period between pre-abortion consultation and abortion procedure

Specific conditions for minors

  • Parent’s (or guardian’s) consent required for minors under 18 unless minors are considered to have sufficient decision-making ability.

 

 

Abortion legislation | Practical conditions | Abortion statistics | Characteristics of women having induced abortion
Fertility and contraception data | Country-specific characteristics 

 

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☷   PRACTICAL CONDITIONS

Abort-Report_Germany Medical abortion conditions


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☷   ABORTION STATISTICS

Abort-Report: Abortion rates per 1,000 women aged 15-49 in Germany
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☷   CHARACTERISTICS OF WOMEN HAVING INDUCED ABORTION

Abort-Report: Abortion rate per 1,000 women according to age in Germany

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☷   FERTILITY AND CONTRACEPTION DATA

Abort-Report: Fertility rates in Germany

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☷   COUNTRY-SPECIFIC CHARACTERISTICS

Women have to give written consent.

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The slides presented are freely accessible. They may be used, copied, displayed or distributed provided that their source is given

SOURCES

PRO FAMILIA Bundesverband (https://www.profamilia.de/)
Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung BZgA (Federal Centre for Health Education)(http://www.familienplanung.de/beratung/schwangerschaftsabbruch/)
Bundesamt für Statistik (Federal office of statistics) (https://www.destatis.de/DE/ZahlenFakten/GesellschaftStaat/Bevoelkerung/Geburten/Geburten.html)
Bundesamt für Statistik (Federal office of statistics) (https://www.destatis.de/DE/ZahlenFakten/GesellschaftStaat/Bevoelkerung/Geburten/Tabellen/GeburtenMutterBiologischesAlter.html)
The Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ) (https://www.bmfsfj.de/blob/95278/356f87878e2f128eb9aa85c1451430fb/schwangerschaftsberatung—218-englisch-data.pdf)
Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung BZgA (Federal Centre for Health Education) (http://www.familienplanung.de/beratung/schwangerschaftsabbruch/)
Bundesministerium für Familie, Senioren, Frauen und Jugend (BMFSFJ) (https://www.bmfsfj.de/bmfsfj/72628!search?query=Schwangerschaftsabbruch&newSearch=true)
Weigerungsrecht (§ 12 & 19 SchKG)
PRO FAMILIA Bundesverband (https://www.profamilia.de)
Volume V of the German Social Insurance Code (SGB V) § 24 b Abs.1, 2

 

We thank Dr. Ines THONKE for her help in data collection.

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