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Invitation: Fifth anniversary of MUVS

Dear Friends of the Museum,

While money is not the most important topic in everyone's life – though it might seem to be at present – fertility is. The decision of when, how many and whether to have children has a greater effect on our lives than any other. Whether we can decide for ourselves in the first place or not. Government, medical, religious and social authorities don't really trust us to make this decision by ourselves – the battle for independence with regard to our own fertility has been raging for centuries, and the matter still hasn't been decided once and for all.

And so, the fifth anniversary of the Museum of Contraception and Abortion ( is both a triumph and bittersweet. There's no lack of topics to discuss. And also a film to watch. And champagne for a celebration. With you, we hope.

At 6 p.m. on Thursday, 31 May 2012, we will hold a champagne reception next to the Maria Theresa monument, in front of the Museum of Natural History. Susanne Riegler's documentary 'Der Lange Arm der Kaiserin – die Geschichte des Schwangerschaftsabbruchs in Österreich' ('The Long Arm of the Empress: The History of Abortion in Austria') will premiere at 7:30, in the museum's lecture hall (tickets will be sold until 7 p.m.). This will be followed by a podium discussion expected to last until about 10 p.m.


Visit the Museum for Contraception and Abortion (MUVS), Mariahilfer Gürtel 37, 1150 Vienna, open Wednesday to Sunday, 2 to 6 p.m., or visit our website on and our facebooksite