Orthodox Patriarch urges Russia to ban abortion
Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill signed a petition calling for a legal ban on abortion, the church said. The Patriarch met anti-abortion campaigners and signed a petition to be handed to President Vladimir Putin. The Patriach’s signing of the petition apparently represents a hardening of the church’s position as it has previously only called for a ban on state-provided abortions without a medical necessity. The church said in its statement that the wording of the petition, which calls for “the end of legal murder of children before birth”, was agreed with its commission on family and protecting motherhood and childhood.