Ortho­dox Pa­tri­arch urges Rus­sia to ban abor­tion

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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.

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