Most Austrians back extended abortion services

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The majority of Austrians are in favour of an expansion of abortion services. Conservative opinion leaders turned their guns on Social Democratic (SPÖ) Health Minister Alois Stöger earlier this month after he suggested state-funded clinics across the country should provide induced abortions. The left-wing politician claimed women were “not taken seriously” at the moment. Public […]

Out of wedlock birth rate up

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More than four in 10 babies were born out of wedlock last year, figures presented today (Thurs) reveal.Austrian statistic authority Statistik Austria announced that 40.1 per cent of all babies born in 2010 were born out of wedlock, up slightly from 39.2 per cent in the previous year.Carinthia registered the highest share of illegitimate births […]

Call to reduce IVF after high premature birth rate

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A leading doctor has called for carrying out fewer in vitro fertilisations (IVFs) over Austria’s high rate of premature births.Angelika Berger of Vienna’s Medical University said today (Tues) that 11.1 per cent of births in Austria occur before the 37th week of pregnancy, significantly higher then the European average of seven per cent.Berger pointed out […]

First quadruplet leaves clinic

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One of a set of female quadruplets born at an Upper Austrian hospital has been discharged, doctors said today (Tues).Martin Wald of the Klinikum Wels announced the girl, who now weighs 3.1 kilograms, was allowed to join her mother at home last week. The woman, who underwent hormone treatment to become pregnant, gave birth to […]

More marriages so far this year

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The number of Austrians tying the knot is on the rise, new figures have shown.Statistik Austria announced today (Fri) there had been 16,588 marriages in the first six months of this year, up by 5.9 per cent compared to the same period of 2009.The number of weddings soared most significantly in capital Vienna (7.5 per […]

Lauda to become a granddad

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Niki Lauda is to become a grandfather for the first time.The three-time Formula One champion’s son Lukas confirmed newspaper reports about the news today (Thurs).”Yes, that’s correct, I’ll become a dad. But it’s also too early to speak about it,” his son Lukas – a Barcelona-based sports management company manager – said.Lauda, 61, who heads […]