Doctors could soon be forced to perform abortions in one German state
By Cassie B. // Jul 13, 2020

As the German state of Baden-Wurttemberg finds itself short of abortionists, the government is considering forcing doctors to carry out the procedures – and those who aren’t willing to kill unborn babies might find themselves pulled out of the job candidate pool.


Many of the abortionists in the state are older than 60, and a member of the state’s government, Barbl Mielich, has said that the generational change is becoming more noticeable and that there are few younger doctors willing to follow them. She said: “The main problem is that we have to get the young doctors to perform abortions. We are counting on them being made aware through further training that this is part of their work.”

One potential measure on the table is making new hires at institutions that receive government funding dependent on the willingness of the doctors to carry out abortions. Mielich has also called for S218 of the German Criminal Code to be repealed, which states that terminating a pregnancy can incur a penalty of a prison term of up to three years or a fine.

However, the government does not enforce this paragraph, saying that it does not apply when the pregnant woman requests the termination prior to 12 weeks and undergoes counseling at least three days ahead of the procedure. There are exceptions for cases of rape and incest or where the mother’s life would be in danger should the pregnancy move forward.

The head of German pro-life group Aktion Lebensrecht fur Alle, Cornelia Kaminski, said that the plan was “reprehensible.” She believes that forcing doctors to participate in the procedure goes against the Hippocratic oath and that medical action is for protecting life, not killing, especially defenseless children.

The Hippocratic oath, which actually goes back to the time before Jesus Christ, was taken by physicians historically. Although doctors are not legally bound to it, it’s often considered a moral guide. One of the things it states is “Neither will I administer a poison to anybody when asked to do so, nor will I suggest such a course. Similarly, I will not give to a woman a pessary to cause abortion.” Even back then, upholding the sanctity of human life was considered of the utmost importance, even when it involved those who had yet to be born.

She added that it is easy to see why the number of doctors who are willing to carry out abortions is dwindling. She said: “Anyone who has ever observed an unborn baby in the womb using ultrasound, who has seen it kicking and sucking its thumb, has a problem with simply sucking it out [of the womb], cutting it up or injecting it [with deadly poison].”

Instead of forcing doctors to carry out unethical acts, she would like to see them offer women help and financial support and “courage and a perspective for a life with a child.”

Pro-abortion groups took advantage of coronavirus to further their cause

In March, four German organizations that promote abortions tried to leverage the coronavirus pandemic to further their agenda. They demanded that the required counseling session prior to getting an abortion be carried out by phone or video conference, and when that’s not possible, they wanted the counseling and waiting period to be suspended.

They also called for abortion to be considered a necessary medical procedure and for the use of a drug that would cause a medical abortion at home instead of in a doctor’s office.

It remains to be seen whether the efforts to force doctors to perform abortions in Baden-Wurttemberg will prove successful, but the measure does appear to already have a lot of support in the state government, which is led by the Green Party with support from Christian Democrats. Don't they realize there is a very good reason that so few doctors are willing to kill unborn babies?

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