Signatures for banning abortions to be collected in Russian churches

Natalya Mihailova | 25 April 2016
Moscow, April 25, Interfax - Signatures for the legal protection of life from the moment of conception and for banning abortions to be held on April 30, on the Easter eve, in churches of Russia.

“Signatures will be collected with the blessing of the spiritual guide of His Holiness the patriarch elder Eli (Nozdrin),” press service of the For Life Movement told Interfax-Religion.

Organizers expect to collect several thousand signatures at each parish: on the Easter eve churches will be full of believers who come to bless Easter cakes and eggs.

“By now, we have collected 200,000 signatures, our objective is to collect a million signatures,” the interviewee of the agency said.

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia earlier suggested excluding abortions from the system of compulsory medical insurance speaking at the State Duma and the Federation Council. Today 29 crisis centers for pregnant women and mothers with children work in the Russian Church. Over 5,5 thousand women received various kind of help in these church centers in 2015.

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