Will abortion be banned in our country

Currently in Russia there is a Federal Law of November 21, 2011 “On the Fundamentals of Health Protection of Citizens in the Russian Federation”. According to it, every woman, from the age of 15, can make her own decision on the issue of motherhood. Up to 12 weeks the artificial termination of pregnancy can be done at the own request of a citizen of the Russian Federation. Up to 22 weeks — in case of rape. Finally, if there is medical evidence, abortion can be performed at any length of pregnancy. Moreover, any citizen of our country has the right to carry out such surgery free of charge, as abortion is covered by compulsory health insurance.

Although Russia has seen a decline in artificial termination operations in recent years, the number is still huge. In the past year alone, more than 989,000 abortions were registered. In this regard, representatives of some social movements and the Government have often raised the issue of prohibiting the induced termination of pregnancy without cause.

In particular, last year in the State Duma of the Russian Federation considered a new bill on introducing measures to restrict the right to abortion. His supporters proposed limiting the list of indications for free terminations to only cases of rape, incest or medical reasons. Also, the authors wanted to ban urgent abortions, and the period between seeing a doctor and the surgery itself to increase to 2 weeks. In addition, the bill also considered incentives for pregnant women, as well as greater awareness of the consequences of such surgeries.

However, such changes were rejected by members of the State Duma, and the bill itself was sent for revision. One reason was the fear of many MPs that an official ban on abortion would not only not help solve the problem of a large number of surgery for artificial termination of pregnancy, but also could lead to the spread of illegal abortions. And such a development of events can threaten the health of women who will apply for such service.

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