Faced with declining population, Russia finds culprit: abortion

Thursday, April 8, 2021
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

pregnancy ultrasoundRussia is taking action to try to reverse its population problem and one issue is at the top of that list: Quit killing the future through abortions.

“The sheer number of babies killed in Russia is beyond calculation,” advises Allen Baldanza of the Population Research Institute.

Abortion was first legalized in the former Soviet Union, during the 1920s, and that culture of abortion has existed for decades every since. The problem now, however, is there is a lack of young adults to fill the jobs of the retiring elderly.

Russia's population is estimated to be approximately 146.2 million as of Jan. 1, which is a decline of more than 510,000 people in a year,  The Barents Observer reported in a February story.

That figure marked the biggest population decline since 2005.

Faced with the declining population, a panel of experts was formed in March to propose remedies among which was to stop propaganda that promotes killing the unborn. Other ideas are to ban abortion in private clinics and to stop same-day abortions.

“There is also a suggestion of removing abortion coverage from the compulsory health system,” Baldanza says, “so people would have to pay their own way with private funds.”

And still one more idea being discussed is introducing pro-family legislation and banning pro-LGBT ideology.

Russia's population is estimated to be approximately 146.3 million as of Jan. 1, which is a decline of more than 510,000 people in a year,  The Barents Observer reported in February. That marked the biggest decline since 2005.

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