Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill, who signed the appeal of the participants of all-Russian public movement “For life” and “Orthodox volunteers” to ban abortion, this initiative was joined by Russian cultural figures, art and show business, reports the Agency “Interfax” with reference to the head of the movement “Women for life” Natalia Moskvitina.
According to her, among those who supported the activists, in particular, was the singer Grigory Leps, actor Dmitry Pevtsov, TV presenter Boris korchevnikov, as well as traveler and priest Fyodor Konyukhov.
“How terrible to live in a time when human life costs nothing! I think now the problem of the mass consciousness of inhabitants of the planet that no one knows when human life begins and it begins when a crime interruption of this life,” said Singers.
In turn, TV presenter Oksana Fedorova has noted that the topic of abortion is very important because “for universal values, and it should be addressed at the highest level.” “I, as a mother, as a person who understands that the main purpose of women is to become a mother, of course, oppose abortion,” she said.
TV presenter Boris korchevnikov, meanwhile, said that his transfer came a lot of women who have had an abortion. “I saw this act has disfigured their lives. Absolutely all of them – I have not seen exceptions – sorry about that,” he said. At the same time, he gave the example of mothers Moskvitina, which the three doctors were sent to abortion, but every time she makes a choice in favor of maintaining their children, and they all were born healthy.
Previous to Patriarch Kirill, speaking for the abortion ban, was joined by the Abbot of the Sretensky monastery of Moscow, Bishop mark Tikhon (Shevkunov), who is considered the father Confessor of President Vladimir Putin, the head of the Synodal Department for external Church relations Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk and head of the Patriarchal Council for culture, actors Anton and Victoria Makarska, a state Duma Deputy Vitaly Milonov, the Olympic Boxing champion Yevgeniy Tishchenko, the world champion on the mixed single combats Alexey Oleynik, the head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov.
At the beginning of October in St. Petersburg held a procession, where participants prayed for a ban on abortion in Russia. The event was held on the ship with the participation of about 10 people. The ship was decorated with a banner with the slogan “either Russia will do away with abortion, or abortion will end with Russia!”, which previously was used by activists during a protest in Moscow.
During the event, the believers prayed for a ban on abortion and launched the wreath with the image of the embryo from the lanterns and the words “thou shalt Not kill”. One of the participants told reporters: “we Need to ban abortion, you must do everything to ensure that our women no longer kill children.”
The fight against abortion has resulted in Russia in 2015. Then in January, speaking in the framework of the Christmas parliamentary meetings, the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill has urged lawmakers to bring abortion out of the system.
Later it became known that a similar bill to the state Duma deputies Elena Mizulina (“Fair Russia”) and Sergei Popov (United Russia). The document caused a lot of discussion and mixed reaction from parliamentarians.
The government, particularly Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets spoke against the bill, and the speaker of the Federation Council Valentina Matviyenko called the document an extremist. Later, however, the Minister noted a huge plus for demographics to reduce the number of abortions.
Minister of healthcare Veronika Skvortsova noted that the question of the prohibition of abortion in her office by a special working group. “From the point of view of the medical community we see significant risks under strict prohibition: the increase in maternal and infant mortality, the findings in shady, criminal business of abortion,” said Skvortsova (quoted by TASS).
Tatyana Yakovleva, Deputy Skvortsova, previously suggested that the withdrawal of abortion from the compulsory medical insurance system, as well as their ban can lead to an increase in the poor population. “We will further make the poor.If you abruptly do free abortions paid or to prohibit them, in any case will do, but only for the money. It will make vulnerable segments of the population poorer and quality care less affordable,” she explained.
Press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov, in turn, said that any decision in connection with a possible abortion ban was not taken, is public debate and in the agenda this question is not included.
In September 2016, the Patriarch signed the petition for the abortion ban, which was signed by more than 300 thousand people. The position of the Patriarch was supported by the Supreme mufti of Russia Talgat Tadzhuddin and the children’s Ombudsman Anna Kuznetsova.
It is noteworthy that later, the press Secretary of Patriarch Kirill, the priest Alexander Volkov denied widespread media information about what 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 compulsory health insurance system (MHI).
“This appeal is not about prohibition, but an appeal on the withdrawal of abortion from the system. In this position of the Church is nothing new, it was unchanged. But since there is a petition, the Patriarch, to draw attention to the problem, like other people, signed the document. On the complete prohibition of abortion is out of the question”, – said Volkov.
In April, the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill in an interview with NTV has promisedthat the ROC will deploy large-scale activities to help women who refuse abortion.
“We create so-called shelters for moms. We invite a woman who refused to have an abortion because her priest told or one of our social workers if she is in a difficult situation, to live in the shelter a month, two, three free. We will support. And then she can decide, she goes from the orphanage with the baby or she will leave us this child,” he announced.
The head of the Russian Orthodox Church noted the importance of “no adoption, adoption didn’t happen.” “I say to our clergy: “Tell these women that we take this child, but you’re still a mom. You can at any time come at any time you can take back. Well, you have changed, married, say, or have you got (changed) housing conditions, and you want to pick up the child. It’s yours! It is not ours”. This is a system we want to create in the entire country,” – said the Patriarch.
Previously, he has repeatedly urged to take abortion out of the system, including speaking in the state Duma and the Federation Council. Currently, the Russian Church acts 29 crisis centers for pregnant women and mothers with children. In 2015, more than 5.5 thousands of women received assistance in these Church shelters.
Note that the theme of the prohibitions of abortion is relevant not only in Russia. On 6 October, the Polish Parliament (Sejm) by a majority of voters Thursday rejected the amended civil Association “Stop abortion” bill on the complete prohibition and total criminalization of abortion, which provoked nationwide mass protests.
A bill to ban abortions were made last week and sent back for revision. Initiative, providing for criminal liability with penalties of up to five years in prison, was supported by Prime Minister Szydlo, Kaczynski himself and his faction “Law and justice” component of the parliamentary majority.
However, on 3 October in the Polish cities the action began, which made an impression. Anyway, said Deputy Prime Minister of Poland Yaroslav Gowing, which reassured those who fear that abortion in Poland will be completely prohibited, and promised that such a ban will not happen.
Valid in Poland, a law passed in 1993, prohibits abortions, providing exceptions for when a woman’s life is in danger, when there is a risk of serious and irreversible damage to the fetus and in cases when the woman becomes pregnant in consequence of rape or incest.