The Central Committee of German Catholics is organizer of the controversial “Synodal Way”, together with the German Bishops’ Conference. As serving president of the lay committee, Stetter-Karp is also co-president of the German process.
Stetter-Karp’s comments were shaprly criticized by Alexandra Linder, chairwoman of the Federal Association for Life in Germany (Bundesverband Lebensrecht). The association is an organizer of the annual March for Life in Berlin.
In comments to CNA Deutsch, Lindner accused Stetter-Karp of falling for “the false claims of the abortion lobby” and called for better counselling and support for expecting mothers, instead of the provision for abortion.
“The numbers in Germany are not decreasing at all, which can be easily seen in the consistently high abortion rate. Furthermore, due to the lack of mandatory reporting, a larger proportion of abortions are not statistically recorded at all.”
The Federal Cabinet of Germany has passed a draft law to lift Section 219a of the German Criminal Code, which bans advertising abortions.
In April, the Federation of German Catholic Youth (BDKJ), an umbrella organization of Catholic children’s and youth associations, spoke in favor of abolishing the ban on advertising for abortions in Germany.
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