By Dave Andrusko
A statement that appeared on the website of the Archdiocese of Yaroslavl declared January 11 a “day of silence without abortions.”
Abortion is rampant in Russia with one of the highest abortion rates in the world. According to the BBC
“The event is dedicated to the memory of Bethlehem children slaughtered by King Herod, who wanted to kill the newborn infant Christ,” a statement read. “On this day it is forbidden to carry out abortions in all state medical institutions in Yaroslavl Region,” it says, adding that state officials and the Church want private clinics to follow suit.
There’s been no official announcement from Yaroslavl health department, but a local hospital told the Mediazona website that it had received a letter from state officials confirming the ban.
RT (formerly Russia Today) added “The Yaroslavl diocese also plans to carry out a ‘Candle of Memory’ campaign”:
According to Deputy Prime Minister for Social Affairs Olga Golodets, for every 1.9 million newborn babies in Russia, there are 700,000 abortions.
The head of the Women for Life movement, Natalya Moskvitina, has other figures, however – she claims some 70 percent of pregnancies in Russia are consciously aborted. …
” Every three seconds a baby is killed in abortion clinics,” Moskvitina said, referring to figures obtained in the fall of 2016, as cited by Interfax news agency.