Bill that restricts state funding for abortions introduced to Russian State Duma

Moscow, November 14, 2013

Deputies of the Samara region have submitted to the State Duma Committee for Health Protection a bill to introduce amendments to article 35 of the federal law "On compulsory medical insurance in the Russian Federation", reports Interfax.

The bill proposes to put a legislative ban on financing abortions at the expense of budgetary funds, except for abortions for medical reasons and on condition that there is an imminent threat to a woman's life. At the same time, a woman is not deprived of an opportunity of realization of her right for her own financial sources, as said in the explanatory note to the bill, published on the State Duma's website.

As was stated by the Samara Regional Duma, the version of the mentioned federal law in force does not contain any concretization of terms of rendering of medical aid at execution of abortions, "while majority of our country’s population negatively view abortions without medical necessary".

"This attitude is motivated by both the moral standards in the society's life and the teaching of overwhelming majority of the traditional religions, confessed by Russian citizens. Moreover, from the standpoint of Christianity, Islam, Judaism - an artificial abortion is a grave sin of infanticide," said in the note.

In the view of the authors of the initiative, the situation is worsened by the fact that, transferring respective insurance fees to the Federal fund and to territorial funds of compulsory medical insurance, "insurers against their will become participants in the execution of artificial abortions, which extremely offends the religious sentiments of a considerable number of believers, who are compelled to take part in a sacrilege".

The regional deputies reminded that in the accordance with the existing legislation, funding of abortions was implemented within the framework of the basic program of compulsory medical insurance, at the expense of funds transferred by the insured to the Federal fund and respective territorial funds.


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