Russian Church Backs Bill Limiting Abortions

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Russia's Orthodox Church and conservative lawmakers are pushing legislation that would limit abortions. The country has one of the world's lowest birth rates.

The measure bans free abortions at government-run clinics and requires a prescription for the 'morning-after' pill.

A married woman seeking an abortion would have to have her husband's permission and teenage girls would need the consent of their parents.

In addition, the proposed legislation requires a one-week waiting period to allow a woman to reconsider her decision before terminating her pregnancy.

Prior to the fall of the Soviet Union, abortion was the main method of "family planning."

Today, Russia still has one of the highest abortion rates in the world.

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