Russian lawmakers to debate abortion restrictions

A pregnant woman and her child pass by a banner with an echography of a fetus during a rally against abortion in Moscow on May 30, 2010The measure, the latest in Russia's conservative drive and embracing of church values, would allow abortions to be covered by state healthcare only if the pregnancy threatened a woman's life, according to one of the authors of the bill, Yelena Mizulina. "An abortion is not a medical or health-improving procedure and is not a strict necessity," she said. Russia is known to have an extremely high abortion rate as it was one of the few methods of birth control in the Soviet era, peaking in the 1960s.

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