CV NEWS FEED // Pro abortion lawmakers in Germany are now attempting to take action as the prolife movement in Germany continues to take cues from pro life activists in the US.
According to a Euronews report, Germany’s Family Minister Lisa Paus, who comes from the pro abortion Green Party, announced a draft law last week that would prevent pro life demonstrations within 320 feet of abortion clinics.
The law would also prohibit the display of pro life flyers or posters from the same distance. If the law passes, those in violation could be fined up to 5,000 euros.
“As the number of pro-life vigils in front of Germany’s family planning centers and clinics grows,” the report says, “the country is trying to prevent these places from becoming the stage of a US-style war for abortion rights.”
Paus also said the law was to protect women from being faced with “hatred and agitation” while seeking abortion.
Euronews cited the Director of Pro Familia, a “family planning center” in Frankfurt, who described pro life advocates as “very active and connected with extreme right politics and the anti-queer and anti-sex-education movement.”
In Germany, pregnant women must visit a “family planning center” to obtain a counseling certificate at least three days in advance if they wish to get an abortion.
The Euronews report argues that pro life demonstrators in Germany have taken up the practice instituted by the US-based 40 Days for Life movement of praying outside of abortion counseling centers for 40 days twice per year.
“The demonstrators watch our clients, sing, pray and show pictures – for example of babies, pregnant bellies or with expressions like: ‘Thanks, Mum, for letting me live’ or ‘Abortion is no solution’,” Hohmann added, describing pro life advocates as a “psychological burden” for staff members at “family planning” facilities.
A German court in Mannheim overturned a law preventing 40 Days for Life protesters from demonstrating outside of abortion counseling centers in August 2022. The group had been banned from demonstrating since 2019.