Abortion Laws and Policies
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Access to abortion is a fundamental human right and a basic healthcare. If you live in a country where access to abortion is restricted, you can get abortion pills through Women on Web.
Abortion on request is authorized. Even though there is no explicit abortion law regulating abortions up to 12 weeks, it is clear that these cannot be punished by penal law.
Minors under the age of 14 are required to obtain parental or their legal representatives consent for an abortion. Abortion is not generally covered by public insurance, but only in cases of abortions with medical indications or dependent on the city/region. Penal law criminalizes women and pregnant people as well as doctors and abortion providers for doing an abortion outside of the legal conditions specified in the law.
Medical practitioners and providers have the right to refuse abortion services based on personal beliefs. So called conscientious objection cannot be practiced in cases where the life of the woman or pregnant person is at risk.
About Abortion Pills
An abortion with pills is a safe and effective way to end a pregnancy at home. There are two ways to have an abortion with pills:
- Have an abortion with a pill called Mifepristone and another pill called Misoprostol;
- Have an abortion with the pill Misoprostol only.
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Mifepristone is officially registered by the country’s pharmaceutical authority.
A doctor's prescription may be required to get Mifepristone.
Mifepristone is distributed in healthcare facilities or hospitals.
Misoprostol is officially registered by the country’s pharmaceutical authority.
It is registered for gynecological indications (such as birth, miscarriage treatment or abortion care etc.)
A doctor's prescription may be required to get Misoprostol.
Misoprostol is distributed in pharmacies.
These are brand names under which Mifepristone, Misoprostol or Combi Packs (that contain both abortion pills Mifepristone and Misoprostol) are officially distributed and/or commonly found in the country.
Topogyne, 400 mcg
Cyprostol, 200 mcg
Arthrotec (forte)*, 200 mcg *contains Diclofenac!
Safety notice: There are pills that contain a combination of Misoprostol and the painkiller Diclofenac. While manufactured for a different purpose they can still be used for abortion. Please find more info in our FAQ to avoid overdosing the Diclofenac.
Cost of Abortion Pills
These are comments about the estimated cost of abortion pills in your country.
- "3x200 mg Mifegyne (incl. 10% VAT):
- € 94.57/pack for an order of 5 packs of more; € 104.50/pack for an order of less than 5 packs, for clinics and institutes.
- € 104.50/pack for doctors in private practice (+ shipping if only 1 pack)
- € 155.00/pack according to the official list of goods of the Austrian Pharmacy Publishers
- Cyprostol (1x200 µg):
- around € 0.50/piece; dispensed by doctors - off-label use
- Topogyne (1x400 µg; incl. 10% VAT):
- € 12.00 for an order of 5 packs of more; € 13.23 for an order of less than 5 packs, in clinics or institutes.
- € 13,23 for doctors in private practice (+ shipping)
- € 22,65 according to the official list of goods of the Austrian Pharmacy Publishers.
- Price for medical Abortion with Mifepristone + Misoprostol for patients:
- In public hospitals in Vienna: € 330,09. In profit-organisations and private practices starting at € 490, price increasing. The lowest price for medical abortion with Mifepristone + Misoprostol we know off is around 100-200 € (social tariff from gynecologists with a private practice in very, very special cases)."
- (Anonymous, November 2022)
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Organizations and Resources
- Women on Web
Abortion pill access by mail
- Österreichische Gesellschaft für Familienplanung (ÖGF)
Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights
Non-profit association, campaigns for sexual and reproductive health and rights for all people living in Austria and runs nine counselling centres in Vienna, one of them is specialised in abortion-counselling. Provides information and addresses on abortion throughout Austria.
+43 1 478 52 42
- CHANGES for women
Funding support to access abortion. Non-profit association that offers financial support for abortions mainly in Vienna. On-site counseling is not possible. Contact by e-mail.
- Ciocia Wienia
Safe abortion, travel and funding support to access abortion. Provides information on reproductive rights and the forms of abortion in Austria and helps organise travel, accommodation, the abortion procedure and translation. Also helps with access to anonymous birth. Whenever possible, they offer financial support. They speak English, German, Polish and Russian.
- Österreichische Gesellschaft für Familienplanung
Provides information and addresses on abortion throughout Austria.
- Abortion in Austria
Abortion in Austria is a website that provides information and addresses on abortion in 9 languages.
Austria's public health portal and provides information on abortion, links to OGF website (adresses for abortion), family counselling centres and women's health centres.
- CHANGES for women
Information on abortion and financial support.
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Other Databases and Sources
These are the sources and databases used to gather the information listed on this country profile.
- 08.08.2022/Medical Abortion Commodities Database: https://medab.org/search?field_brand_name_target_id=All&field_country_of_sale_target_id=236
- 09.08.2022/WHO, Global Abortion Policies Database: https://abortion-policies.srhr.org/country/austria/
- 20.08.2022/National Medicine Authority: https://aspregister.basg.gv.at/aspregister/faces/aspregister.jspx
- 20.08.2022/European Abortion Policies Atlas: https://europe.ippf.org/resource/european-abortion-policies-atlas
- 05.12.2022/REDAAS conscientious objection map: https://www.redaas.org.ar/conscientious-objection-map
- 05.12.2022/Center for Reproductive Rights. The World’s Abortion Laws: https://reproductiverights.org/maps/worlds-abortion-laws/
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