Despite Bad Policies Inherited from the USSR, Russia on Track to End Abortion

Originally appeared at: Moving to Russia

Just yesterday, I received a letter from a priest I deeply respect, who lives in America. Even though Russia has been in the news recently, defending traditional family values, this priest pointed back to Russia’s dark Soviet past. He reminded me that abortion was first legalized in Russia, and that many innocent children have lost their lives as a result. Isn’t it shameful that Russia still permits abortion?

Indeed, it is shameful. We should not rest until abortion is outlawed, not only in Russia, but in every nation of the world. Obviously, we still haven’t reached this goal.

Thankfully, things are getting better in Russia. As can be seen in the graph above, the number of abortions have been significantly decreasing in Russia for more than 20 years.

Also encouraging is this piece of good news that was announced several months ago:

Russian Authorities to Halve Number of Abortions by 2025

According to this news report, the government of the Russian Federation is making a concerted effort to significantly reduce the number of abortions. At the federal level, Russia is beginning to take abortion seriously, and to fight against it.

As the old saying goes, the question is not where we were, the question is where we are going. And if the above news is any indication, Russia is going in the right direction.

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