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Law will fine German doctors €5000 for failure to advise in abortion cases

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 22 May 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b2080
  1. Ned Stafford
  1. 1Hamburg

    German doctors can be fined as much as €5000 (£4400; $6900) if they fail to properly advise women who are seeking late term abortions, or if they fail to make women wait three days before having the operation, under a new law approved by the Bundestag, Germany’s lower house of parliament.

    The law, strongly supported by the German Medical Association and German Society for Gynaecology and Obstetrics, was approved last week by a bipartisan group of 326 MPs. In all, 234 members voted against the law and 52 abstained. The law, to go into effect later this …

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