Don't Get Abortion, the Church Will Raise Your Child — Head of the Russian Orthodox Church

"If a woman wants to keep her child, the Church will definitely help her. If you cannot raise a child, but you have given birth or are ready to give birth, do not kill the child, give birth and give it to us, the Church, and we will do everything to raise and put your child right", - said Patriarch Kirill.

Originally appeared at: Izvestia

Reflecting on the difficult life circumstances of women who are not ready to raise their children on their own, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia said that the Russian Orthodox Church “will never prevent you as a mother from visiting and feeling unity with your child. On the contrary, we will do everything for so that your family grows stronger, albeit incomplete, but has value both before God and in relation to our entire Fatherland".

The patriarch also thanked everyone who had previously expressed support for the church's call to create crisis centers for women in difficult life situations, and reminded that "the church constantly testifies to a terrible problem - the problem of abortion". In his opinion, Russia is "a big country, we need to have more of us. And there is no other more effective way to influence the demography, how to radically reduce the number of abortions. The Church calls for this", - RIA News quoted the words of the head of the Russian Orthodox Church.

The head of the Russian Orthodox Church also added that the state "must make every effort to resolve this critical issue for the preservation of the people." Patriarch Kirill spoke at the Church-wide Congress on Social Service, which opened in Moscow today, May 13. At this congress, they will sum up and consider the prospects for charity, discuss the role of the church in the development of the social sphere, problems of demography and prevention of abortions, the development of palliative care and nursing care for those suffering from serious illnesses.

Earlier, on the eve of Orthodox Easter, which was celebrated on May 2 in 2021, the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia warned "big and small leaders" against the transition to tyranny.