Friday, July 01, 2011

Russians Face Extinction from Abortion

Russian lawmakers, worried about a falling birth rate, passed a law on Friday that abortion advertisements must carry a health warning.

UPDATE 7/15/11: Russian president signs abortion restrictions into law

UPDATE 7/16/11: Russia fight abortion as China is taking over the Russian Far East

UPDATE 11/11/11: Pro-abortion media present a horrible society where abortion is limited

UPDATE 1/30/13: Russia to Outlaw Homosexual Propaganda, Kissing

-- From "Russia says abortion ads must carry health warning" by Amie Ferris-Rotman, Reuters 7/1/11

Russia has one of the world's highest abortion rates and cutting this could help it stem a demographic disaster that is looming as its population shrinks.

Though the Soviet Union was the first country in the world to legalize abortion on request in 1920, dictator Josef Stalin outlawed it again, from 1936 until he died in 1954, to try to boost the birth rate.

The Communists later encouraged new births with prizes and money, but since they were ousted two decades ago Russia's population has steadily dropped. It shrunk by more than 12 million between 1992 and 2008, to around 143 million.

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From "Russia gets ready to slap warning labels on abortion ads" by Peter J. Smith, 7/1/11

Viktor Zvagelsky, a Russian parliamentarian, told RIA that Russia’s abortion problem was “depressing,” and that young girls were being deceived to “believe they won’t have any problems interrupting a pregnancy.”

The Duma is considering a number of proposals that would stop Russia’s demographic death spiral, fueled by an abortion rate where 1022 infants are aborted for every 1000 who are born, according to some statistics. The United Nations estimates that the population of Russia, which stood at 143 million in 2008, will contract to 116 million by 2050.

To combat the abortion epidemic, a host of legislation fixes has been proposed, including: banning free abortions at government-run health clinics; requiring prescriptions for the ‘morning-after’ pill; requiring parental consent for teenagers and a husband’s consent for married women, and mandating a one-week waiting period. Other proposals have included increasing the 2,000 ruble ($70) monthly government subsidy offered to pregnant women.

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From "Preventative Measures" by Marina N. Bolotnikova, Harvard Crimson Staff Writer, 7/1/11

Russia has the highest recorded abortion rate in the world . . .

. . . Russia’s small but burgeoning anti-abortion movement, beginning to resemble its counterpart in the United States, is aiming to limit women’s access to abortion and the morning-after pill. According to The New York Times, their proposed legislation would require a woman over six weeks pregnant to see her embryo or fetus on ultrasound, hear its heartbeat, and have counseling.

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