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Doctor Kristina Hänel prevails against radical opponents of abortion


According to a court, Kristina Hänel does not have to be compared with doctors in concentration camps because she carries out abortions. A radical anti-abortion opponent also has to pay the doctor 6,000 euros.

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Doctor Kristina Hänel before the Hamburg Regional Court: calls for paragraph 219a of the Criminal Code to be abolished

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The Hamburg district court has prohibited a radical opponent of abortion from comparing abortions with the Holocaust when making statements about the Giessen doctor Kristina Hänel. The 64-year-old doctor had filed an injunction against the operator of the "Babykaust" website, Klaus Günter Annen from Weinheim in Baden-Württemberg.

According to the judgment, the plaintiff does not have to accept being compared with guards and doctors in the Nazi concentration camps and being given the expression "degenerate". Annen also had to pay a cash compensation of 6,000 euros to Hänel.

Hänel became known nationwide because she had started a debate about the abortion paragraph 219a in the penal code. The paragraph was changed in March 2019 - but the goal of the doctor from Hessen remains to abolish it.

The regulation prohibits, among other things, the public "offering" or "promoting" abortions "because of his financial advantage" or in "grossly offensive manner". In the reform, it received a new paragraph that doctors can publicly inform that they are performing abortions. For further information, however, you must refer to other locations. 

Annen has already been involved in numerous lawsuits. His lawyer did not connect to the trial last Friday via video as agreed. After the defendant's unexcused absence on Monday, it was a so-called default judgment, as a court spokesman said. The operator of the website, however, can file an objection within two weeks of delivery.

Only one passage that the doctor viewed as defamatory criticism was rated by the chamber on Friday as more of a permissible expression of opinion. Thereupon, Hänel withdrew its action on this point. It is about the claim that there is blood on Kristina Hänel's hands. Since she is a doctor, blood is part of the job, according to the judgment of the court.

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Source: spiegel

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