German Court Upholds Right to Prayer at Abortion Clinics

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Germany’s highest administrative court has ruled that bans on peaceful prayer gatherings near abortion clinics violate the country’s constitution. The Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig declared that such bans infringe upon the constitutional right to freedom of assembly. The decision is a victory for pro-life group 40 Days for Life, which had its right to peaceful assembly confirmed by a regional court. The ruling establishes that the city of Pforzheim has no grounds for appeal. The court’s decision contradicts the German government’s plan to ban prayer near abortion facilities. The government also intends to abolish section 218 of the German criminal code, which regulates abortions.