Doctor to appear in court for 'advertising abortion' in Germany

Doctor to appear in court for 'advertising abortion' in Germany

The doctor allegedly posted about abortion online (Stock image)

Thursday, November 23, 2017

A doctor is to go on trial in Germany accused of "advertising abortion" after allegedly posting about the service on her website.

Doctor Kristina Hanel allegedly put the information up online in 2015 in a list of services she provides, according to The Local.

It is also claimed the 61-year-old posted medical and legal information about abortions in English, German and Turkish.

However it is not these accusations that have brought a court case against her, but instead that she allegedly included a statement reminding patients to bring money to the procedure or proof of health insurance.

The German criminal code states that it is illegal to advertise services of abortion for the advertiser's own financial advantage.

Hanel has argued that it is her duty to ensure patients are well-informed and added "I don't do it to bring women to me. They come anyway, I don't need to."

The doctor also claims this section of the criminal code leads women to be misinformed and said "the right to information is a human right."

She has also started a petition on the issue entitled "right to information about abortion for women" and it has already gained more than 70,000 signatures.

This is not the first time the woman has faced allegations of breaking the law over this, however this is the first time she has been taken to court over the matter.

If convicted Hanel could be given a fine or a prison sentence of up to two years.