Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Orthodox will protest abortion in Russia

Parishioners of Vladivostok’s Russian Orthodox Church on Thursday plan to light 5,000 candles in protest of legal abortions in Russia and in observance of International Children’s Day held on June 1.

The 1995-2000 national average in Russia for legal registered abortions as reported by the Global Health Council was 2,276,624, nearly three times the US average. By 2005 this number has reportedly dropped to near 1.6 million annually, still twice the average seen in the United States, and one of the highest in the world.

While the United States is used to the protests of religious organizations against abortion, in Russia, where religious institutions were banned during the Soviet Union, objections come more often from the political sector. Specifically, as a response to Russia’s current ‘demographic crisis’


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