Thursday, January 22, 2015

Patriarch Kirill Calls for Ban on Abortion in Speech to Russian Parliament

The head of the Russian Orthodox Church has called upon MPs to begin a campaign against abortions, starting with canceling state sponsorship for the procedure and aiming at a total nationwide ban.

“If we manage to cut the number of abortions by 50 percent we would have stable and powerful population growth,” Patriarch Kirill said, speaking before the Lower House on Thursday. This was the first ever speech of the head of the Russian Orthodox Church before the State Duma.

“The argument that a ban would cause an increase in the number of underground abortions is pure nonsense. People have to pay money for these operations and our task is to make the price of a legal infanticide the same as of the illegal one. Taxpayers must not pay for this,” the church leader told the MPs, suggesting the exclusion of abortion from the list of services covered by the obligatory medical insurance program.

Read the rest here.
HT: Ordo Antiquus

2 comments:

Gregory DeLassus said...

May God bless Patriarch Kirill's efforts and make them to bear good fruit.

Ordo Antiquus said...

At last the Russians are beginning to translate things that illuminate THEIR side of the story, with interesting details rather than generalized accusations:

http://www.pravmir.com/metropolitan-hilarion-church-not-political-position/#ixzz3PXjA2ezT