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Christian group gathers signatures to ban abortions in Russia

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A group of Orthodox Christian activists claim that they have gathered 100,000 signatures under a petition seeking to completely ban abortions in Russia, a number enough to make it a valid legislative initiative.

In the near future all the documents will be submitted to the authorities and the activists will be waiting for an official reaction to their demands, a member of the Public Chamber, priest Aleksander Pelin was quoted as saying by the ITAR-TASS news agency.

The leader of the activists, Dmitriy Tsorionov elaborated on the initiative, and said that it seeks a complete legislative ban on all abortions, including those made on medical advice and on all abortive means of contraception, such as intrauterine devices and hormonal pills. Tsorionov said his group was not protesting against barrier contraceptives, such as condoms.

According to Russian Law any petition that gathers at least 100,000 signatures of support becomes a draft law and must be considered by parliament. The signatures must be gathered on the special government portal and come from registered Russian citizens. People can also vote against the initiatives on the same portal, but the votes against do not influence the documents’ movement, at least technically.

Since the scheme was introduced in March last year only three initiatives have reached the 100,000 signature threshold. The first suggested a price limit for cars purchased by state agencies, and the second called to abolish a new law targeting internet piracy. They were rejected at the first stage. The third sought changes in the rules of self defense favoring the gun lobby, and it is still being considered by an expert group.

Abortions are legal in Russia and have been since Soviet times, but currently centrist-conservative lawmakers want to limit or completely ban them, saying it is partly responsible for the country’s dwindling population.

The head of the parliamentary committee for family, women and children, Yelena Mizulina told a recent parliamentary conference that the number of teenage abortions in 2013 was almost 12,000 and there were serious fears that many of the girls could be left infertile forever. The MP blamed the current Family Code and the Law on Healthcare for the situation, in particular the rule that allows abortions without parents’ consent from the age of 15.

The total number of abortions in Russia is about one million per year, according to Deputy Health Minister Tatyana Yakovleva.

In early October last year an official representative of the Russian Orthodox Church attacked abortions and surrogacy as “mutiny against God”, and less than a month later lawmaker Mizulina said in a public address that the community must urgently stop tolerating abortions and surrogacy as they threaten to wipe out the population of Russia, and the world as a whole.

The move gained little support from other politicians and shortly afterwards Mizulina played down her statements saying that she wanted to draw attention to the problem and start a discussion, not introduce any legislative limitations.


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One Response to " Christian group gathers signatures to ban abortions in Russia "

  1. Defiant says:

    Abortion is infanticide simple as that, its pure evil against our most defenceless, why is it ok to kill a Human being only because he or she is less developed is that Human being less worth than a baby? Is a baby less worth than a 5 years old is a five years old less worth than a teenager? Is a teenages less worth than an adult? you see the point, now they want to kill children up to the age of 3 and putting old people on death panels, how is that any different to what the nazis did again? 60+million were killed in the US. alone since 1973 and around 2 billion on a planetary scale thats more than all the wars and famine combined its the biggest genocide in Human history, people are hoplessly braindead, I hope this this satanic evil can be stopped its a childsacrafice pratice wich is mostly only supported by wich faminists whom self had an abortion and have to legitimize the evil they have done they dont understand that they are also the victims instead they try to make others victims too that way legalizing their own wrongdoings, truly evil and sad, may God protect the inocent, and for the “doctors” performing the infaticide and their supporters have fun in Hell, dont believe it? Its even better, the suprise will be even bigger for You!

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