Files on criminal proceedings against 'immoral women', ones who 'strayed from the proper path', 'girls who fell into a life of disrepute', women who committed infanticide, abortion providers, etc. can be retrieved in almost every domestic and foreign archive.
We have searched numerous Austrian as well as foreign archives in order to present past court records, many of which have never been opened, in relation to the criminal offense of illegal abortion.
These true stories go back as far as 200 years and can be studied as well as downloaded. The names of the actual individuals involved have been changed [or, left out] to assure their anonymity.
We also have recorded contemporary reports for our website users and readers.
1757: Theresia R. sentenced to death for infanticide Missing baby after a suspected pregnancy spells doom for maidservant.
The Vienna Foundlings and Orphans Home In the 19th century a lack of contraceptive options ensured that there were a great many unwanted children, who were often taken in by foundlings homes.
1868: Anna D., Infanticide Anna D. is sentenced to five years imprisonement in the Imperial Correctional Penitentiary.
1899: Hermine R., former midwife, is accused of multiple abortions Knitting needles are the corpus delicti in the prosecution of former midwife Hermine R.
1911: Marie P., and Johann K., Infanticide Sentenced to ten years of severe exacerbated imprisonment.
1913: Anonymous Report, Lübeck Police Station, Germany Accusing somebody of performing illegal abortions was a common way of taking revenge against a personal enemy.
1913: criminal case in Vienna against ‘Madame Mittermayer’ She was first found guilty of complicity in an abortion when she was just 23.
1913: ‘natural and healthy’ using Aloe? A dose of 0.5-1 grams causes abdominal bleeding; 7-10 grams are fatal.
1915: Maria R., charged with abortion by means of a heavy stone The servant girl rested a stone weighing 18 kg on her abdomen until she felt sick.
1929: Sophie R., repeatedly prosecuted midwife The 47 year-old midwife Sophie R. is "only" sentenced to 8 months of harsh imprisonment in 1929.
1929: Magdalena J., Midwife Accused of Aborting the Fruit of a Womb On July 14, 1929 Theresia E. dies of post-abortion sepsis at the Villach regional hospital.
1929: Midwife Emma G. Midwife Emma G. was found guilty of “abortion of the fruit of the womb” in 20 women following an anonymous tip-off.
1933: Antonie St., Abortionist After repeatedly performing abortions on herself by inserting a boiled chicken’s feather, Antonie St. began to help others too.
1935: Dr. S., Doctor, charged with repeated violation and abortion More than eighty people, defendants and witnesses, appeared in court between 1935 and 1937.
1938: Hedwig K., former midwife, pleads for a position Hedwig K., midwife, violates law §144 (Ban on Abortion).
1938: Anonymous solicitation for aid to assist punished midwives. "Please help us punished midwives, as we are always ready to do honest work."
1944: Heinrich P., Grete Pl.; Application for an Abortion Marriage will be approved only after sterilization.
1945: Josefine H., abortion for indications Josephine H. didn’t report the rape until she was already three months pregnant .
1948: Dr. H. J. and Dr. W. C., indicted for attempted abortion Offense against the security of life and breach of public peace, law and order through the abuse of a corpse.
1951: Johanna Hi., Erich Hü., Dr. Wolfgang A., are indicted for abortion and infanticide For want of evidence Johanna Hi. is acquitted and is released from arrest on the strength of a pledge .
1951: Friedrich K., Maria L., Josefine K., Indecent Assault, Rape, Abortion The miner's wife Maria L., "knows a thing or two about abortion".
1962: What did our grandparents do for contraception? When I heard about contraception in high school I asked my mother why she had had so many children when she could have used contraception.
1974: Abortion – Gerda’s personal story In late March 1974 I made plans to travel to a women’s group in France, which used the suction method.
1999: Rome bans morning-after pill Distribution of the ‘morning-after pill’ to rape victims in Kosovo. Only Austrian Bishop Kurt Krenn defends the Pope’s strict “no”.