1975: abortion is allowed
(Bundesgesetzblatt, No. 60, 1974 dated 23 January 1974, effective in January 1975)
Pre-abortion counselling by a physician.
Specific conditions for minors
☷ PRACTICAL CONDITIONS
Mandatory pre-abortion examinations
Involved healthcare professionals
Surgical abortion: obstetrician/gynaecologist (OB/GYN) or another physician
Medical abortion: OB/GYN or another physician
☷ ABORTION STATISTICS
[missing data on abortion statistics in Austria]
No additional data
☷ CHARACTERISTICS OF WOMEN HAVING INDUCED ABORTION
[missing data on characteristics of women having induced abortion in Austria]
No additional data
☷ FERTILITY AND CONTRACEPTION DATA
Fertility rates in women aged 15-49:[missing data]
Women age at first birth
29 years of age (2014)
Overall contraception data: [missing data]
Pre-abortion contraception: [missing data]
Contraception during abortion process: [missing data]
☷ COUNTRY-SPECIFIC CHARACTERISTICS
Any physician can perform medical abortion but antiprogesterone is only distributed to hospitals and clinics, not to individual physician offices. Most physicians who perform abortions would like to offer medical abortion but are not legally entitled to order the drug. As only very few hospitals perform abortions, medical abortion access is limited.
Physicians have the right to conscientiously object. No physician is obliged to perform an abortion or to take part in it, except where it is necessary without delay to save the life of the pregnant woman from an acute danger which cannot otherwise be averted. This provision has a huge negative impact on access to abortion. Outside the major cities there is no abortion provision.
Women have to pay for abortion, except in the city of Vienna where women in social need (called “Mindestsicherung”) get all costs covered. Abortion due to medical reasons is reimbursed to resident women if performed in a public hospital.
We thank Dr. Christian FIALA for his help in data collection.
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