Cosmetic surgery amendment likely

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The People’s Party (ÖVP) has harshly criticised Health Minister Alois Stöger’s “style” of presenting new ideas – but also explained it would support his cosmetic surgery draft bill. Stöger told magazine News and newspaper Kurier yesterday (Thurs) that he wanted to implement stricter rules on plastic surgeries. Teenagers should be ordered to consult psychologists before […]

Austrians divided about IVF

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Four in 10 Austrians oppose a recent suggestion to allow single women and lesbian couples to undergo in vitro fertilization (IVF). Social Democratic (SPÖ) Health Minister Alois Stöger said last month single women should get the green light to undergo such a procedure. Federal law keeps them from opting for the treatment. Stöger claimed the […]

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 […]

Healthy school snack bid presented

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Health Minister Alois Stöger has presented an initiative aimed at tackling young Austrians’ unfavourable nutrition habits. The Social Democrat (SPÖ) announced yesterday (Weds) school canteen managers will be provided with free brochures and further guidelines on how to provide a healthy and balanced range of snacks and drinks to kids. Around one in 10 Austrian […]

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 […]

Hungarian toxic sludge no threat to Austria, says minister

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Social Democratic (SPÖ) Health Minister Alois Stöger has said Austrians are not at risk after hundreds of thousands of cubic metres of toxic mud flooded a rural area in bordering Hungary.The minister said today (Weds) he could not imagine dried sludge being carried into Austrian airspace by winds, adding that he did not see the […]