Psychological consequences of abortion: Spahn receives an additional million euros for study


Spahn wants to have the emotional consequences of abortions investigated.


The SPD speaks of "nonsense", but Minister of Health Spahn can not be deterred. For an investigation into the consequences of abortions, his house should come in the coming years, extra five million euros.

Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn receives, for a controversial study on the emotional consequences of abortions, according to a newspaper report, five million euros extra from the federal budget. This reports the "Bild am Sonntag", referring to government circles. According to this, the government must have agreed "in a collateral agreement" that the Ministry of Health in addition to 1.25 million euros in addition to the implementation of the research in the fiscal years 2020 to 2023 in addition.

The SPD Bundestag MP Florian Post criticized the money injection. It was "outrageous to spend millions on such nonsense," he told the BamS. Even minister of the Franziska Giffey family rejected the study so far. Last Sunday she told Anne Will: "I do not believe in this study." It has often been argued that psychological problems are caused not only by abortions, but by the stigmatization of women and previous psychological stress.

The federal government had on Wednesday launched the relaxation of the advertising ban on abortions. The Reform of Criminal Law Paragraph 219a, which has been approved in the Cabinet, stipulates that doctors, hospitals and institutions can in future inform about abortions. In addition, there should be a list that is maintained by the German Medical Association with doctors offering abortions.

Five million from the control room

The Union was different from the SPD in maintaining the advertising ban on abortions. The leaders of the CDU and CSU, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer and Markus Söder, had therefore announced that they wanted to view the bill up close. Spahn also insisted on his controversial plan to commission a study into the emotional consequences of abortions.

According to an American long-term study that ended in 2016, there are no far-reaching consequences. In the study of 956 participants, scientists compared the psychological condition of women who had been aborted with the condition of women who had been refused abortion. The researchers came to the conclusion that there was no long-term difference between the groups.


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