Russia May Ditch Liberal Abortion Laws
Church, lawmakers team up to propose restrictions
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 31, 2011 11:54 AM CDT
Russian Orthodox church priests conduct a religious service.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Russia's Orthodox Church teamed with Conservative parliamentarians yesterday to push legislation that would radically restrict abortions in a nation struggling to cope with one of the world's lowest birthrates. The legislation would ban free abortions at government-run clinics and prohibit the sale of the morning-after pill without a prescription. Abortions for married women would require the permission of the husband, while teenage girls would need their parents' consent. A week's waiting period would also be introduced so women could consider their decision.

During the time of the Soviet Union, abortion laws were liberal, and unrestricted termination of pregnancy became virtually the only method of family planning. Russia's abortion rates are still among the world's highest—in 2004, Russia had the world's highest abortion rate of 53.7 per 100 women, according to a United Nations survey. As a result, their fertility rate is only 1.4 children per woman—far below the 2.1 needed to maintain the existing population.

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brawne
May 31, 2011 7:14 PM CDT
Don't you love when anyone not a woman talks about abortion as contraception? Know what kind of woman uses abortion as birth control--a psychopath. That's about one percent of the population, so it does exist but genetically you are probably better off. Abortion is a last resort I don't care what the country and now that we have all the morning afters whatever--nothing but chicks who shouldn't reproduce to start with would resort to that. When I was 20 you could get an abortion from your OBGYN. Why I was careful. Now that you got forty doctors in the country doing it--think you got more? You think women are great? Imagine growing up with Susan Smith as your mother. There are plenty of her they just don't strap the kid in the seat and let them drown. But, say she'd been a bit saner that day and drove home. Think her sons would have been great with her as a mother? The Russian Federation doesn't want to admit what we won't admit either--not abortion. Women are becoming sterile. Know how many kids we'd have if they weren't mixed in a petri dish first--no Pitt/Jolies. Keep up the abortion talk--it takes the focus off the real problem. Women wish they could worry about an abortion.
kokuaguy
May 31, 2011 6:15 PM CDT
Of course abortion is not the way to accomplish it, but all nations should be striving for negative population growth rates to reduce the burden on our benighted, ravaged planet. Seven billion is unstainable. Ten billion is unthinkable.
genghisKhanifer
May 31, 2011 4:01 PM CDT
Oh Joy! Now we can watch women get dangerous back alley abortions from quacks and die! That'll keep the population up! If a woman wants an abortion, she's gonna get one. Fact.