Paragraph 219a: Bundestag removes advertising ban for abortions

Criticism from Union and AfD

Union and AfD expressed outrage at the abolition of the law. MPs from both parliamentary groups have repeatedly emphasized that women can already obtain detailed information about abortions and that the rights of unborn life should not be neglected.

In order to ensure that “offensive” and inappropriate advertising for abortions will remain prohibited in the future, the approved government draft provides for the so-called Medicines Advertising Act to be expanded. For example, abortions without a connection to an illness would also be covered by the law, which previously regulated misleading advertising of medical products in other areas.

The law still has to be formally passed by the Bundesrat, but it can come into force without the consent of the Länderkammer.

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