Deputy Prime Minister Golodets saw a huge plus for the demographics to reduce the number of abortions in Russia
The decline in the number of abortions is a huge plus for our demographics,” said Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets, speaking at the Federation Council on September 28. However, she said, “this decision should be balanced, reasonable and should not entail such serious consequences.”
“Regarding abortion, we have a special program, and we have adopted a set of measures for the prevention of abortion, – quotes its TASS. – We have compared to last year the number of abortions fell by almost 100 thousand.”
“But I must say that their number in absolute terms continues to remain very high,” said Golodets. – In our country one million 900 thousand births 700 saved thousands of artificial interruption of pregnancies. And it is very important to us a balanced way to treat the health of the mother and child”.
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The Minister of health of Russia Veronika Skvortsova saw a threat to the health of women in case of withdrawal of abortion from the compulsory health insurance system (MHI). “There are certain nuances associated with possible promotion of abortion in the shade, especially for those individuals who have a low income, underage girls, which happens to be this situation, – said the head of the Ministry of health in comments TASS. – Our task is to make the introduction of some restriction does not lead to an increase in maternal and infant mortality”.
Skvortsova said that her office “in the same way as the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC), and a large number of public organizations against abortion”, but be aware of potential risks to ban them. “The history of our country knew that already,” reminded the Minister. During the total ban on abortion in the USSR maternal mortality has exceeded 320 persons per 100 thousand of the population, “and now we have 10, and the results of the current year – even less,” she said.
“The Kremlin does not participate in the discussion”
Press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov told reporters that “the Kremlin does not participate in the discussion” on the topic of the prohibition of abortion and baby-boxes in Russia. “I wouldn’t think to voice a position, because it is public discussion, no action was taken, there are diametrically opposite points of view, and well-reasoned”, – quotes its “Interfax”.
The question will be taken into consideration by the Kremlin, the position of the Russian Orthodox Church, Peskov said: “ROC is one of the participants in this discussion. I repeat: there are different points of view – someone agrees with ROC, someone-no. I repeat, this is not an issue on our agenda”.
A day earlier, the website of the Moscow Patriarchate said that the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill has put the signature under the civil petition on the Internet about a complete ban on abortions in Russia. The authors of the petition, the text of which was agreed with the Patriarchal Commission on family matters, protection of motherhood and childhood, called abortion “legal murder of children before birth”.
The position of the Patriarch was supported by the newly-minted Commissioner on child rights under the President of the Russian Federation Anna Kuznetsova, saying that anti-abortion advocates “the whole civilized world.”
However, later the press Secretary of the Patriarch denied that the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church signed an appeal on the complete prohibition of abortions in Russia. According to him, referred to in the document, which was approved by the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, about the withdrawal of services provision of abortion from the system.
On the same day, a member of the Federation Council Elena Mizulina said that the government gave an official positive opinion” on a bill to ban the baby boxes in Russia, one of the authors to whom she is subject to revision of the document. Earlier in the Ministry of health said that baby-boxes will not solve the problem of infanticide mothers.