Sentenced to life imprisonment in 2008
The young woman finds the conversation pleasant and tactful. The social worker does not judge, does not ask her to justify her decision. If she wants, Lesurtel can talk about her doubts. But the pregnant woman has no doubts. “At that moment it was very clear to me: the only reason I’m sitting here now is because it’s required by law,” says the 28-year-old.
At the end of the conversation, the counselor will issue her with a confirmation and give Lesurtel three business cards: three doctors’ offices that perform abortions. For all of Berlin. According to information from, there are in the Catholic cathedral "Pro Familia" soon no more clinics.
Better than "Source: Internet" is a human
Lesurtel now has to wait three days before the operation can take place. This should give those affected time to digest the consultation.
When Lesurtel finally goes to the practice, she knows exactly what to expect. It has been a total of two and a half weeks since she found out about her pregnancy. Of course, she found out about everything. In the counseling center, she was also told how the procedure works, what decisions she has to make – and how the majority of women decide. The fetus can be aborted with medication or surgery, under general or partial anesthesia. The patient also knows about the risks.
“The consultation seemed like a checklist to me,” says Lesurtel. “Everything came up in it that I had researched before.” Nevertheless, she thinks it’s good to sit across from a person. “This is definitely better than just having the ‘Internet source’.”
The ban on information is bypassed online
In an information society, it is difficult to maintain a ban on information. In fact, Section 219a of the Criminal Code has long been effective and meaningless. Anyone looking for information will also find it – just not from doctors practicing in Germany.
Even the addresses of the clinics and practices that carry out abortions are now public in many places. For example, an Austrian doctor compiled addresses from Germany that had previously been spied out by anti-abortionists in order to pillory doctors and organize protests.
Such pages just don’t show up in the top search results on Google. That could change soon: Since the debate about the advertising ban has been so heated, individual cities like Berlin and Hamburg have even posted lists of contact addresses on their own initiative. Lesurtel didn’t have this information last year.
Like so many others, she had to rummage through the contradicting information from associations and interest groups that have no medical claims, but often have a political background.
Self-appointed "Life protector" subvert auxiliary forums
And she made the experience that many so-called “support forums” for women who have ended their pregnancy have been infiltrated by anti-abortionists. “In these forums, the concentrated hatred of people pours out over women who just ask a question,” says Lesurtel.
But what upsets Lesurtel the most is the state’s ostracism. Abortion is still prohibited in Germany, even if doctors and patients are guaranteed impunity if they follow the rules. “It makes me a criminal – and the fact that I am not punished is actually just goodwill. I think that’s pretty awesome, ”says Lesurtel.
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Whether the advertising ban exists or not: In practice it hardly makes any difference. Those affected find a way to get information. Nevertheless, the dispute over §219a is about more than just symbolic politics. Opponents and supporters know: If the paragraph falls, the issue of abortion in Germany will be further normalized.topics for argumentive essay
Lesurtel also wants to break the taboo, which is why she speaks openly about her experiences. If there is actually an attempt to reform the German abortion law, further demands on politics should soon follow, for example decriminalization. But the conservative forces probably don’t want to open this barrel in the first place.
Sources used: WDR’s own research
Cologne (dpa) – people settled in inhospitable mountain regions much earlier than expected. Already more than 30,000 years ago they lived as hunters and gatherers in the then glaciated Bale Mountains in what is now Ethiopia, as researchers under German direction in the specialist journal "Science" write.
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"They not only spent a long time there, ate, cooked, left feces and made tools, but repeatedly used the resources of the high mountains over many millennia", said main author Götz Ossendorf from the University of Cologne.
At an altitude of 3,500 meters in the Bale Mountains National Park, archaeologists have discovered a kind of base camp used by the Stone Age people. From this place of discovery the people of that time undertook forays into the area. They were probably small groups of 20 to 25 people. The scientists found numerous artefacts, including stone tools made of obsidian – volcanic glass – that people have proven to have obtained from over 4,200 meters above sea level and in the immediate vicinity of the glaciers of the time.
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It is not known why people moved to the high mountains so early. "Our starting hypothesis was that this was due to climatic pressure"said Ossendorf. "But that is by no means the case. We just don’t know. Maybe it was just curiosity." In any case, people found enough to eat and drink and adapted to the conditions of the high alpine mountains.
They drank melting glacier water all year round and hunted the giant mole rats (Tachyoryctes macrocephalus) that were found there. This made it possible to take into account the greater calorie requirement at these high altitudes and to avoid excessive physical exertion at these low-oxygen altitudes. For experienced hunters, these animals were not difficult to kill, says Ossendorf.
The giant mole rats live in a kind of heathland. The people of that time may have burned down vegetation in order to enlarge the living space of the animals and thereby secure their own food base. "We are dealing with Homo sapiens"said Ossendorf. "They didn’t have smartphones, but cognitively there is no fundamental difference to people today. In addition, it is becoming increasingly clear that prehistoric Homo sapiens was able to successfully colonize all ecological niches on a long-term basis, including very inhospitable regions."
The scientists also found an ostrich egg. "There are no ostriches up there, so that means that the people were in an exchange with people from the plains. So you were part of a network."
The study now published is part of an international and interdisciplinary research project led by the University of Marburg in collaboration with scientists from the Universities of Cologne, Bern, Halle-Wittenberg, Rostock, Bayreuth and Addis Ababa, among others.
They were school friends when the construction of the wall separated them in 1961. A photo made her fate known far beyond Berlin. Now the women met again for the first time.
The image of the so-called "Wall maid" achieved world fame. It shows Rosemarie Badaczewski and Kriemhild Meyer talking across the Berlin Wall, which is under construction: one in the east, the other in the west of Germany. Before the wall divided and separated the city, families and friends, the two girls were school friends.
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58 years after the wall was built, the "Wall maid" again and in the same place in the Berlin district of Köpenick. The local district office had searched for and located both of them with the help of the photo.
In the video above you can see the emotional reunion of the "Wall maid".
Sources used: Reuters news agency
In Nuremberg, after a court ruling, there were riots in the city. Several dozen people gathered to protest – and clashed with the police.
At a demonstration in Nuremberg with around 150 participants from the left spectrum clashes with the police occurred on Tuesday evening. According to their own statements, the officials prevented the demonstrators from entering the busy Fürth street with pepper spray and batons.
Pyrotechnics had previously been burned off from the group, it said. The occasion of a spontaneous meeting and the subsequent procession was a judgment of the Nuremberg District Court against members of the left-wing scene.
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According to the police report from the evening, no one was injured during the operation. Until about 9 p.m. there were brief traffic delays in the Gostenhof area.
Sources used: dpa news agency
A prisoner in the Bochum prison was found dead in his cell on Sunday morning. The multiple murderer is said to have satisfied himself with electricity beforehand.
The as "Strangler of Aachen" well-known Leo Egidius S. died last Sunday in the JVA Bochum. The serial killer was found in his solitary cell after apparently satisfying himself with electric shocks. The police report says: "According to this, the cause of death is cardiac arrhythmia after current flows through the chest. The fatal injuries are likely to be the result of an unintentional accident and not a suicidal occurrence."
As the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung reported, Leo Egidius S. is said to have connected himself to the power grid with several cables in order to sexually stimulate himself. However, the circumstances are not entirely clear.
Corpse was still electrified
The detainee was found dead in his cell on his bed at 7 a.m. on Sunday morning. According to the police, the body was still under electricity at the time.
The 64-year-old Leo Egidius S. was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2008. The defendant allegedly murdered five women between the ages of 15 and 31 between 1983 and 1990 and raped three of them beforehand.
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Kaiserzeit on MDR and ARD: Fans of the singer Roland Kaiser will get their money’s worth in the next few weeks, at least on television. Because even if the 68-year-old had to cancel his concerts because of the corona virus, like many other stars, including the popular Kaisermania concerts in Dresden, Mitteldeutsche Rundfunk (MDR) is now celebrating him on TV – for example with the new Saturday evening show on ARD television Mid-August at prime time: "The Roland Kaiser Show: Love can save us".
First there will be a reunion on the weekend at the end of July / beginning of August in the third of the MDR. On Friday (July 31st) the station will show the show hosted by Florian Silbereisen "All sing emperors", a repeat from 2019. Stars such as Andrea Berg, DJ Ötzi, Michelle and Ross Antony sing Kaiser hits – by "Santa Maria" to "Joana". On Saturday (August 1st) the MDR will show the again "Kaisermania" from 2019.
Two weeks later, on August 15th, the broadcast is on the first "The Roland Kaiser Show: Love can save us" to see. In the roughly three-hour show that Kaiser moderates, he welcomes colleagues who sing their own songs, but also talk about their past Corona months. A guest list has not yet been published.
Interpretations that Silbereisen was sawed off as a Kaiser moderator because he was last year "Everyone loves emperors" moderated and was not on board for the new show, the MDR rejected in response to a dpa request. The new "Roland Kaiser Show" was an additional contribution of MDR and BR to the joint program of ARD and had nothing to do with the Silbereisen shows.
Florian Silbereisen will host his next show on July 25th live from Kitzbühel: "Schlager, stars & Stars – The big lake party in Austria". Guest will be Matthias Reim, Andy Borg, DJ Ötzi, Daniela Katzenberger and Lucas Cordalis as well as Roland Kaiser.
Police arrested a man after a brutal attack on sleeping homeless people in New York. He had a metal rod with him. Four people are dead.
An attacker killed four sleeping people who were believed to be homeless in the New York borough of Manhattan early on Saturday morning. A fifth victim brought rescue workers seriously injured to the hospital, as several US media reported, citing the police. The officers arrested a 24-year-old man who was carrying a metal rod in the area shortly after the attack.
According to the reports, the investigators assume that the attacker is also homeless. The victims were found a few blocks apart in Chinatown. A motive for the act was initially not known.
Sources used: dpa news agency
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