At the recent UN meeting of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, the Russian Federation delegation highlighted a new two-year program of the Ministry of Health that focused on the prevention of abortion and the protection of life. The delegation was pleased to report to the committee that for the first time in decades, the birth rate was now exceeding the abortion rate and that the “declining number of abortions was also decreasing women’s mortality rates after birth or abortion.”
Of course, such a trend is not surprising. Abortion brings more complications to a woman’s life, health, and subsequent pregnancies than most people know. When reports like this come out, we should echo them, talk about them, and bring them to the attention of our own government.