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    Russia Bans Abortion Ads

    FILE - Russia's President Vladimir Putin visits Lapino clinical hospital in the village of Lapino in Moscow, February 26, 2013.FILE - Russia's President Vladimir Putin visits Lapino clinical hospital in the village of Lapino in Moscow, February 26, 2013.
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    FILE - Russia's President Vladimir Putin visits Lapino clinical hospital in the village of Lapino in Moscow, February 26, 2013.
    FILE - Russia's President Vladimir Putin visits Lapino clinical hospital in the village of Lapino in Moscow, February 26, 2013.
    Reuters
    Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law banning advertisements for abortion, the Kremlin said on Monday, a step activists said would infringe on the reproductive rights of women.
           
    Putin has made stemming a post-Soviet population decline a priority during 14 years in power and struck a conservative tone in his new term, praising what he calls traditional values and holding up the Russian Orthodox Church as a moral guide. He has drawn fire from the West for a law he signed earlier this year that critics say discriminates against homosexuals.

    Wider availability of contraception and a resurgence of religion after the 1991 Soviet collapse have reduced Russia's abortion rate, but it is among the highest in the world and termination is a top method of birth control.

    The government has funded advertising campaigns and offered financial incentives for couples to have multiple children.

    The law banning advertising "is not the beginning of the restriction of women's [reproductive] rights, but rather the continuation of a process begun in 2011,'' said women's rights activist Olgerta Kharitonova. She was referring to legislation that barred abortions after the 12th week of pregnancy in most cases and establishing a waiting period of at least 48 hours.

    A recent proposal submitted to lawmakers would prohibit coverage of abortion by health insurance.

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    by: Yoshi from: Sapporo
    November 26, 2013 11:19 PM
    I think abortion is considered as not favorable and better to be avoided if possible all around the world. I have seldom looked at ads for abortion in Japan. Something like the ads is seen on the sign of gynecologic clinics saying they meet the needs for abortion. What kinds of ads for abortion were banned this time in Russia?

    by: Godwin from: Nigeria
    November 26, 2013 12:58 PM
    Sometimes, out of the bitter comes something sweet. Putin appears to be proving that adage true. Russia is becoming more pro-life than most western countries. God bless Putin for being an advocate of life to those who have no mouth to speak for themselves. The west preaches human rights, yet denies the most vulnerable of humans the most fundamental human rights to the unborn, what a fallacy, what a hypocrisy! Kudos Mr. Vladimir Putin for advocating to save millions of innocent lives - those who cannot speak for themselves, those denied their most fundamental rights. Rather than resort to abortion - a wicked coldblooded killing - why not abstain for a few days. Which one is better, to kill someone or to avoid "pleasure" for a few hours?

    by: Dubrena from: Ukraine
    November 25, 2013 4:16 PM
    Russia is in terminal decline. Boris is a drunk abusive impotent. The Mafia has become the State.

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