By Dave Andrusko
National Right to Life President and Pro-Life Perspective Host Carol Tobias begins Thursday’s program with a grim reminder. Russia has an abortion rate nearly triple that of the United States: 53.7 abortions per 1,000 women between the ages of 15 and 44 (which is very likely a radical underestimation) versus the United States which is 19.6 abortions per 1,000 women ages 15 to 44.
Abortion is so prevalent that between 1992 and 2008, the population decreased by more than 5.7 million-–to around 143 million.
But there is reason for hope, Mrs. Tobias explains, beginning with a recent story in Reuters. The sum and substance is that a result of policy changes, there will be a gradual, step by step rollback in an abortion rate that is among the highest in the abortion
“Favorable developments in Russia began last July,” Mrs. Tobias informs us. “Lawmakers approved legislation requiring that no less than 10% of each abortion advertisement carry health warnings about abortion’s side effects, including loss of fertility.” The bill “also stipulates that mothers who don’t want to keep their babies will be able to leave their newborn children anonymously in special adoption centers,” according to the Russian International News Agency Ria Novosti.
That’s step one. More recently is a amendment to Russia’s law on health that “limits abortions to 12 weeks of pregnancy, except for women who say they can’t afford a child, who may have an abortion up to 22 weeks,” according to the Associated Press (AP). “The law also stipulates a mandatory waiting period of two to seven days before the procedure to allow a woman to reconsider her decision.”
Take five minutes out and go to www.prolifeperspective.com. You will learn more about encouraging developments in Russia, including the impact of what the AP described as Russia’s “devout first lady Svetlana Medvedeva.” Her Foundation for Social and Cultural Initiatives held a national week-long campaign in July that they called “Give Me Life!”
Tune in tomorrow as Mrs. Tobias talks about the wonderful news that ethically acceptable stem cells are helping patients all over the world.
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