With Few Doctors Willing to Commit Abortions, Germany Eases Access to Abortion Pill

With few doctors willing to commit abortions, Germany eases access to abortion pill

According to reports, both the number of abortions and the number of abortionists have been declining in Germany in recent years. And now, the abortion industry is looking to ease access to the abortion pill in order to drum up business.

Abortion is legal in Germany during the first three months of pregnancy unless the pregnancy is the result of rape or the woman’s health is at risk. (Deliberately ending the life of a preborn child is never necessary.) Committing an abortion outside of the law carries a sentence of up to three years in prison, according to DW. Still, about 100,000 abortions are committed each year in Germany, though that number has been declining.

The German Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) reported in September that abortions in Germany have dropped by 8.5% year over year. In the first quarter of 2021, there was a decline of about 7% — from 26,500 in the first quarter of 2020 to 24,600 in the first quarter of 2021. In the second quarter of 2021, there were 22,900 abortions compared to about 25,100 in the same period in 2020. The steady decline began in 2001.

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