"The independent, non-governmental polling and sociological research agency, Levada Analytical Center, reported that a recent survey of 1,600 Russians found 41 percent of those polled support introducing nationwide restrictions on abortion.
The number of those in favor of a complete ban on abortions has grown from 8 percent in 1998 to 16 percent in 2010, the report said.
Another 25 percent only approved of therapeutic, non-elective abortions, up from 13 percent earlier.
Forty-eight percent disapprove of a ban, down from 59 percent, while 11 percent were undecided, compared with 20 percent earlier.
Current law in the Russian Federation allows abortion on demand up to 12 weeks gestation, up to 22 weeks for social reasons, and at any point during the pregnancy for “medical necessity” and upon the woman’s consent, and is offered free of charge at all state clinics.
Russian Health Ministry figures show 1.2 million abortions last year compared to 1.7 million live births, with upwards of a quarter million women per year left infertile from abortion complications.
A leader in the Russian Orthodox Church said in June this year that Russia must enact pro-life laws or face demographic collapse."Thaddeus M. Baklinski writing for LifeSiteNews (Catholic and "pro-life" special interests coverage; Canadian based; Independent of government and of the Catholic Church hierarchy)23 / 08 | August / 2010