Right to abortion in European comparison
The European states regulate very differently, how a pregnant person can abort their own pregnancy. The spectrum ranges from a total ban to a largely self-determined decision – legislative regulations, costs and care situations vary greatly.
In recent years, some states have further liberalised their laws, making access to abortion easier. In Germany, abortion is generally punishable under Section 218 of the German Penal Code (StGB). Still, it remains exempt from punishment if the pregnant person seeks counselling beforehand and meets the statutory waiting period.
Among others, the World Health Organization demands the complete decriminalisation of abortions, to protect the sexual and reproductive health of pregnant persons. In 2023, a commission is to examine Germany how abortions could be regulated outside the criminal code.
Against this backdrop, the Observatory is working on a European comparative analysis of regulations regarding abortion and is focussing in particular on states with liberal regulations. A publication of the work is planned for this autumn.
Self-determination under pressure? – The right to abortion in Europe
The right to abortion is highly contested. While supporters demand that (pregnant) people be able to make decisions about their own bodies, opponents of abortion argue with the "protection of unborn life".
The Newsletter deals with these issues and answers how the right to abortion is again under increasing pressure in Europe. The Newsletter will be published this autumn.