“The Ministry of Health in Russia has signed an agreement with the Russian Orthodox Church that includes prevention of abortion and provision of palliative care” .
“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.’ ”
“Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, is seeking a total ban on abortion. In a speech to the Duma earlier this year, the first ever by a religious leader, he referred to abortion as ‘evil’ and ‘infanticide’. In regards to the present bill, he believes that ‘taxpayers must not pay for this’.