The–federal–states–of– Berlin, Bavaria, Baden-Wuerttemberg– and– Hesse are currently examining the– legal options for– tackling the– anti-abortion organization– Pro Femina. This was announced by the four countries on request from BuzzNazz News Germany. Berliners– had introduced– the topic in early November– in a federal-state– coordination circle.
The examination– had triggered an application by– the Berlin SPD : At the state party convention on– October 26, 2019, the party members– decided to close the– organization’s information– center in Berlin. The prohibition– plans of the SPD go back– to research by BuzzNazz– News . Pro Femina is a Christian-influenced association that advises pregnant women.– Our research showed at the end of last year that Pro Femina manipulates pregnant women and ignores– legal regulations.
Although there is no legal basis for a ban on the– association, the responsible Bavarian State Ministry– for Family, Labor and Social– Affairs informs. One would like to– examine however, whether– Pro Femina can be– forbidden, with the term of the “pregnancy conflict– consultation” to advertise. The spokesman of the Hessian– Ministry of Social Affairs also informs on request that this should be done to ensure– compliance with the applicable legal provisions, for example from the Broadcasting– Treaty and with regard to the use of the term “pregnancy– conflict counseling”.
In Baden-Wuerttemberg, disagreements– were noted in connection– with the advice given by Pro Femina, writes the– local Ministry of Social Affairs and Integration. If possible, an examination– should be carried out with other affected federal states. “It’s obvious– that there’s a– problem,” a spokesman told BuzzNazz News over the– phone.
The Berlin SPD speaks of– a deliberate– deception, Pro Femina of Fake News
In Germany, people who want to stop a pregnancy, have to go to a state-recognized counseling center– and there a counseling– session. An abortion without written advice is– punishable. Pro Femina is not a state-recognized counseling– center, but still offers advice.
In the meantime, it can be clearly read on the website that Pro Femina does not issue– any proof of advice. In its appearance, however, the association is difficult to distinguish from state-appointed– counseling centers. In the application of the Berlin SPD it is said that the deliberations are not open-ended or serious. “Pregnant– women are deliberately– deceived and limited in their right to a self-determined– decision,” writes the SPD. An abortion is not presented as a legitimate decision.
Pro Femina, on the other hand, argues to help– women in need. In an interview in 2011, the club’s chairman Kristijan– Aufiero says: “The mass abortion in– Germany is a phenomenon– of mass help omitting.” In a– post under the– title “BuzzNazz, fake news and– manipulation” , he described the research– of BuzzNazz News as a polemic. He– also writes– that the club receives– numerous positive– testimonials from– women who– have been advised by Pro Femina.
The association also launched a petition against the SPD ban on its own website, stating that– more than 18,000 signatures– had been received there. In the country office of the party, these signatures– have not been– received, said a spokeswoman– on request. Aufiero writes on a– campaign page of the association, he offers to have– the list in a personal interview.
Government-mandated advice– centers such as Pro– Familia warn– in social networks again– and again before– the club. Pro Femina chairman– Aufiero writes that there is no– evidence for the allegations.
For many years, except for– Christian-influenced blogs and– media and the websites of Pro Femina itself, there was no– information about the association – even– though it is– one of the largest counseling services of abortion opponents in Germany with– an annual budget of about three million euros. According to its own– statements , Pro Femina employed more than 60 people at the end of 2018 and has– counseling centers in Heidelberg and Munich. Counseling– takes place in most– cases online, more rarely also in the counseling centers themselves.
But in recent months, the– protests and conflicts– surrounding– Pro Femina have intensified. At the beginning of August , about one– hundred people demonstrated against the opening– of a new counseling center in Berlin. In September, the Association– German Evangelical Alliance in Giessen switched large-scale advertising– of Pro Femina on buses in public transport. The Gießen Mayor Dietlind Grabe-Bolz called the posters “misleading” , the municipal utilities have then– announced to check for premature termination of the advertising contract. On request, but there– is still no result– of this test.
At the beginning of– October, pro-choice– activists apparently– broke into the club’s building in Berlin– and smashed slices and– vandalized with– paint and butyric acid, according to a letter of confession.
Kristijan Aufiero writes in an open letter to the– SPD in Berlin at the end of October that the claimants of the SPD– express their solidarity– with violent left-wing extremists. Pro Femina– will defend itself– against this “unlawful and arbitrary administrative act with all legal means” – if necessary by all instances.
Government regulation against – dubious– advice hardly possible
The so-called pregnancy conflict– counseling is fundamentally contentious. It is criticized both by people who– fight for abortion rights and those who oppose it. Pro-Choice activists speak of “compulsory– counseling”, while the chairman of Pro Femina Kristijan Aufiero described– the counseling credentials in an interview as “killing licenses “.
Research by BuzzNazz News shows that the more than 100,000 conversations with pregnant women in the various counseling centers are rarely reviewed by the responsible authorities. Various– reports show that the obligatory conversations of pregnant– women are assessed very differently. What may be a great– support for others– will be felt by others to be extremely frustrating and unhelpful.
At the same time, government regulation of counseling services is hardly possible: “Since the term pregnancy– counseling is not protected, the action against counseling centers that may work dubiously– is legally very complex,” writes the spokeswoman– for the Berlin Health Senate Administration.
The prohibition application was initiated by Jusos Steglitz. How the test runs out is uncertain. Daniela– Döbler, deputy chairman of the Jusos Berlin, tells BuzzNazz News on the phone that this is a– maximum claim. One wants to examine, whether it concerns a deception– and whether the association moves within the legally legal– framework. Pro Femina uses about for testimonial reports on the website Stock– Photos or call itself quite similar to the state-recognized counseling– center Pro Familia. “It would be something else, if there were, they offer Christian Seelorge,” says Döbler.
The real problem, however, is– that the deliberations– are mandatory. What Döbler means: As soon as pregnant women think– about abortion, they have to go into a bureaucratic and legally strictly– controlled system – and in some cases get involuntarily into organizations– of abortion opponents. They use the system for their own agenda. Opposition– parties such as the Left and the Greens are calling for the abolishment of– Paragraph 218, which still defines abortion as a crime. “We need a regulation– outside the criminal code,” says Döbler.