20 March 2018
AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook
Geographic areas

  • > Africa
  • > Central Asia
  • > Europe
  • > Middle East
  • > Nord America
  • > North Asia
  • > South Asia
  • > South East Asia
  • > South West Asia
  • > Sud America
  • > East Asia

  • » 04/02/2008, 00.00


    Abortion in Russia, moral opposition on the rise

    Maria Anikina

    Surveys by a research institute reveal a population divided between pro- and anti-abortion forces. A growing number of people are considering the moral and religious implications of the interruption of pregnancy.

    Moscow (AsiaNews) - The recent surveys on abortion conducted by the Russian "Levada Center" for sociological research have recorded a larger percentage of women who do not procure abortions because of moral issues connected to religion.

    Strangely, the researchers at the centre did not pay any special attention to the statistics showing that since 1998, the "moral" argument has become more popular among those opposed to abortion, growing from 25% to 35%.

    The belief that abortion is a sin against God is very widespread, especially among older people.  In fact, 51% of the population sample above the age of 55 said they believed that the voluntary interruption of pregnancy is a very grave sin, but the percentage of younger people who share the same belief is also significant: 27% of those 18-27, 30% of those 25-39, and 40% of those 40-54.

    Nevertheless, the demographic situation in Russia continues to show alarming developments, although the information elaborated by the research center demonstrates that the number of involuntary interruptions of pregnancy practised over the last 10 years has remained the same overall.

    According to the statistics gathered, Russian public opinion is divided between those opposed to abortion and those in favour. The criteria used in the research are based on age of the interviewees, their level of secularisation, and their perception of health risks.

    The abortion rate is generally higher in the large urban centres.  Women with a high level of education - who constitute just a small fraction of the big city population - show a particular tendency to plan out their lives, to be more attentive and responsible, and for this reason the number of voluntary interruptions of pregnancy among them is low.  There has been a decline in support for a law that would prohibit abortion (from 21% in 1998 to 16% 2008), while the percentage of those in favour of the interruption of pregnancy has remained unchanged, at 70%.  But there has been an increase in the number of people who think it is just to prohibit abortion (8% in 1998; 15% in 2007) or to permit it only in cases of serious medical problems (20% in 2007; 13% in 1998).

    The greatest concern among people who want to prohibit abortion concerns the health of women, both psychological and physical.  For many, in fact, the fear that after an interruption of pregnancy a woman might be unable to have more children and could suffer psycho-physical imbalances are the most frightening potential effects.

    Finally, concerning premarital relations, among 65% of the Russian citizens interviewed AIDS is seen as the most serious risk in having sexual relations before marriage, while for the rest of the population the consequences can bring weaker nuclear families, sterility for women, a high number of abandoned children, and difficulties in the workplace.

    e-mail this to a friend Printable version

    See also

    29/10/2016 10:52:00 RUSSIA
    Even Tatarstan mufti backs abortion ban

    The Muslim religious leader gives his support to the campaign of the Orthodox Church to ban abortion. In September, Patriarch Kirill signed a petition calling for the total ban of the practice, raising numerous controversies. But for most Russians it is a woman's right to be protected.

    Indian communist atheist, supports the moratorium on abortion
    Lenin Raghavarshi, winner of the2007 Gwangju prize for human rights, defends the right to life of the embryo, against selective abortion. A leading voice against birth control methods to restrict population growth, he denounces the misrepresentation that overpopulation causes poverty, it merely masks the underlying problem of equal distribution of the worlds resources.

    India lends’ its support for a moratorium against abortion
    A global moratorium on abortion, following that on the death penalty, also interests Asian nations, where both forms of death are often violently imposed by states. Over the coming days, AsiaNews will sum up views and positions from across the Asian continent. Today we begin with a declaration from card. Oswald Garacia, archbishop of Mumbai.

    Sr Nirmala Joshi says yes to the moratorium on abortion
    The Superior General of the Missionaries of Charity reaffirms the commitment of the order founded by Mother Theresa to defend life from the moment of conception. She recalls that Mother Teresa denounced to the entire world that “no-one, no government, no mother has the right to take life”. To halt abortions: a centre to welcome single mothers and foster adoptions

    Korean church : “Unite the world against abortion”
    On behalf of the Korean Bishops Conference the national secretary of “ Life 31 Movement " writes to AsiaNews in support of a global moratorium against abortion. The invitation is to treasure life, in all forms and from its first instance, conception.

    Editor's choices

    Syrian Trappist nuns say Western powers and factional media fuel war propaganda

    In a written appeal, the religious systematically take apart the version of the conflict touted by governments, NGOs and international news organizations. In Ghouta east, jihadists attack the capital and use civilians as human shields. The Syrian government and people have a duty to defend themselves from external attacks. The conflict alone has undermined the coexistence between Christians and Muslims in the country.

    Xinjiang, crosses, domes, statues destroyed: the new 'Sinicized' Cultural Revolution

    Bernardo Cervellera

    Crosses removed from the domes and the tympanum of Yining Church as well as external decorations and crosses, and the Way of the Cross within the church. The same happened at the churches of Manas and Hutubi. The Cross represents "a foreign religious infiltration ". Prayer services forbidden even in private houses under the threat of arrests and re-education. Children and young people forbidden to enter churches. Religious revival frightens the Party.


    AsiaNews monthly magazine (in Italian) is free.


    News feed

    Canale RSSRSS channel 


    IRAN 2016 Banner

    2003 © All rights reserved - AsiaNews C.F. e P.Iva: 00889190153 - GLACOM®