The Federal Minister of health, Jens Spahn (CDU), proposed by the Cabinet of Ministers approved the study of the psychological consequences of abortion would, with a budget of five million euros, the most expensive research project commissioned by the Ministry for the last ten years. The preparation for the budget Committee of the Bundestag.
121 studies of the Ministry therefore, since 2009 in order, usually they cost between 50,000 and 400,000 euros. Only two large studies on germs in the drinking water, the expenditure amounted to slightly more than one Million euros.
The possible realisation value of the expensive study is controversial. Critics point to several already existing studies on the topic. The financial policy spokeswoman for the Left party in the Bundestag, Gesine Lötzsch, called the study a “case for the Federal court of auditors”. Apparently Spahn “fundamentalist abortion opponent wanted to win” as a new CDU-voters.
A spokesman for the Ministry disagrees: It was a “very complex research projects”, the “highest methodological claims” must meet. Meanwhile, under 75,000 people signed an online petition against the study.
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