Abortion Legislation Debate

During recent debate from the lower house of the German Parliamant, called the Bundestag, members had to reach a compromise on the… read more

During recent debate from the lower house of the German Parliamant, called the Bundestag, members had to reach a compromise on the provisions of a new abortion law. Before German unification, the old Federal Republic of Germany had restrictive regulations ruling abortion, whereas East Germany allowed all women to have an abortion in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. In 1992, the government and opposition parties passed compromise legislation which was rejected by the German Supreme Court. During this recent session of parliament, members reached a new compromise, which allows for abortions in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy after the woman consults with a doctor. Abortion is legal for victums of rape or if the embryo is severely damaged. Family members who force the pregnant woman to have an abotion or who deny their help will be criminally punished. close

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  • Klaus Jaeger Member, Bundestag Germany->Christian Democratic Union Party
  • Irmgard Karwatzki Member, Bundestag Germany->Christian Democratic Union Party
  • Edith Niehuis Member, Bundestag Germany->Social Democratic Party
  • Uta Wurfel Member, Bundestag Germany->Free Democratic Party
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Abortion Legislation Debate

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Program ID:
57500-1
Category:
International Telecasts
Format:
Foreign Legislature
Location:
Bonn, Germany
First Aired:
Jun 3, 1994
Last Aired:
Jun 4, 1994

Airing Details

  • Jun 03, 1994 | 2:44pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Jun 03, 1994 | 11:02pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Jun 04, 1994 | 5:42am EDT | C-SPAN 2
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