When the so called ‘God-fearing’ nations of the world are turning anti-life by permitting abortions and mercy killings, a onetime anti-Christian and anti-religious nation, Russia is reversing her attitude and is on the way to become a pro-life nation! According to the reports revealed by ‘Orthodox Today,’ a renowned Russian publication, Russian Orthodox Church and the Ministry of Health in Russia have signed an agreement to prevent abortion. The agreement was jointly signed by Health Minister Veronika Skvortsova and Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, the reports said.
The article 9 of the 21 article agreement establishes cooperation “on the protection of maternal and child health, including reproductive health, promotion of family values and prevention of abortion.” As part of this agreement, there will be a joint effort from both sides with participation of psychologists and representatives of religious organizations of the Russian Orthodox Church in advising women heading towards abortion. There will also be joint efforts to provide assistance and support to pregnant women whose prenatal diagnosis indicate to the malformation of the fetus, as well as mothers who give birth to a child with developmental disabilities.”
The Orthodox Church will assist the Russian Health Ministry in giving a spiritual outlook to health professionals to equip them for value-based treatments. Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, a staunch pro-life advocate is for a total ban on abortion. He condemned abortion as “evil” and “infanticide.” According to the UN’s Department of Economic and Social Affairs, for every 1,000 births, there are 34 abortions in Russia where the fertility rate is below replacement at 1.53.