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Russian bill would require disclosure of abortion's negative consequences

Catholic World News - July 06, 2011

The lower house of Russia’ parliament, the Duma, has approved legislation that will require all abortion advertisements to include warnings about the risks to the mother’s health.

Proponents of the bill said that current advertisements for abortion are misleading because they “lead the young people to believe they will have no problems interrupting a pregnancy.” The proposed law—which still requires passage from the upper house of parliament—would set aside 10% of all abortion ads for information on the negative consequences and possible complications of the procedure.

The legislation, which has the backing of President Dmitri Medvedev, is part of the government’s reaction to concerns about a decline in the nation’s population.

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