Abortion: not subject to prosecution in Austria if the expecting 
mother or the embryo is in danger of severe harm, if a minor is 
impregnated, or within the first three months of pregnancy after 
previous medical consultation ( Abortion, Legal Limit for). In all 
other cases, premeditated termination of a pregnancy is a criminal 
offence in Austria under § 96 ff. of the Penal Code. 
Abortion is more severely punished when it is performed commercially, 
without the permission of the expecting mother or by someone other 
than a doctor, or if it results in the death of the mother.

!Further reading
M. Mesner, Die Auseinandersetzung um den 
Schwangerschaftsabbruch in Oesterreich, doctoral thesis, Vienna 1993.

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