The Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill met with the participants of all-Russian public movement “For life” and “Orthodox volunteers collecting signatures for the petition citizens for a ban on abortion, and joined the initiative. The meeting was held after worship in the Church of the Archangel Michael in the village of Belousovo Troitsky administrative district of Moscow, reported on the official website of the Moscow Patriarchate of the Russian Orthodox Church.
The text of the address under which the Patriarch signed his name, was agreed with the Patriarchal Commission on family matters, protection of motherhood and childhood. “We, the citizens of the Russian Federation in favor of termination of the existing in our country practice the legal killing of children before birth and make the required legislative changes,” – said in the text of the document.
Activists, in particular, are “for recognition of a child conceived status of human beings, life, health and well-being which should be protected by law; the prohibition of surgical and medical abortions, contraceptives with abortive effects, assisted reproductive technology, an integral component of which is human dignity, the humiliation and murder of children in the initial stages of embryonic development.”
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”, – quotes its words Agency city news “Moscow”.
Volkov explained that abortion in the case of relevant amendments to the legislation will only become available on a commercial basis. “At the moment, collected more than 500 thousand signatures. This is not an electronic petition, and in the treatment of people leaves your data, including place of residence. I think when I will be able to gather about 1 million signatures, the appeal will be sent to the state Duma and other competent authorities”, – explained the press-Secretary of the Patriarch.
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 did not 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 from the system of obligatory medical insurance, 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 million women received assistance in these Church shelters.