Skip to comments.After years of demographic decline, Russian parliament votes to restrict abortion
Posted on 10/21/2011 11:58:34 PM PDT by ReformationFan
Russias national parliament, the Federal Assembly, has voted to restrict abortion for the first time in decades, in the face of a demographic decline that has reduced the population by 2.9% since 1992.
The new law, which is expected to be signed by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, prohibits abortions beyond the 12th week of pregnancy, and imposes a mandatory waiting period of between two and seven days. Exceptions are permitted for economic hardship, which allows abortions up to the point 22 weeks of gestation.
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Legislators discarded proposals by the Orthodox Church to require the consent of the husband or the parents of an underage child, and also did not provide for conscientious objection for doctors who do not wish to perform the deadly procedure.
The restrictions represent the first attempt to arrest the demographic decline of Russia, which has been underway since abortion laws were liberalized in the mid-1960s. Russia was also he first nation to legalize abortion in 1920 under the leadership of Vladimir Lenin.
The decline in the countrys population is caused by a number of factors. Since the Communist era, abortion has been the primary way of avoiding birth, resulting in an annual six million abortions every year, in a country with a population of only 143 million people.
The current birth birth rate is approximately 12.5 per 1,000 people, down from 26.9 in 1950. The average number of children per family is 1.4, well below replacement rate, and the death rate has almost doubled since 1960, to 14.2 per 1,000.
The country has also been decimated by a deadly plague of alcoholism and unhealthy living among men, which lowered the average male life expectancy to 58 in 1999. Although male life expectancy has since rebounded to 62 years, it remains very low in relation to European averages, and approximately eight years fewer than women. The death rate for Russian men between 22 and 45 years of age is five times higher than the average for western Europe.
In addition to restricting abortion, Russia has also created the mother capital policy, which pays mothers approximately $10,000 for having more children. However, the population has continued to fall since the implementation of the policy.
About Time! In this case the 3rd world has it right. Modern nations are killing themselves with low birth rates due to selfish drives. We need something like this in the USA.
This is one case which is probably better handled at the demand side rather than the supply side.
The issue in Russia is hopelessness, which is probably hard to fix.
On the other hand, the problem here in the US is the disincentivization of children. Raising children has become harder, more painful, more expensive than it has ever been. If regulation strangles business of course it would also reduce the number of children born.
The expenses involved in raising a child are endless. Car seats, doctor/dentist bills, etc. We have chosen quality of upbringing over quantity, this is the natural consequence.
Kalifornia has banned the terms Mom and Dad and required homosexual examples in every grade level.
Brave new World, Huh.
I once read that for every live birth, the average Russian woman had had something like 12 abortions. They obviously regarded this as a form of birth control. Even leaving aside the moral destruction, I don’t see how their bodies could stand it.
That said, while this law is at least a step in the right direction, I don’t think it’s going to be very effective, at least in part because of the “economic hardship” exemption.
I think the waiting period should be 12 weeks.
LOL. You can get a car seat for ten or twenty dollars at the dollar store.
My best friend is a widow with a child, living on nothing but Social Security since the child was two. Currently receives a mere $600 per month. Her child is healthy, well-fed, well-educated (homeschool), and well-adjusted.
Do it sensibly, and raising a child is NOT wildly expensive.
Bad news for Russia: it’s too late.
Bad news for Russia: it’s too late.