Alexander Shchipkov: we will keep struggling for removal of abortions from the system of mandatory medical insurance

Moscow, April 5, 2016


The Russian Orthodox Church representatives are convinced that the Church initiative to remove abortions from the mandatory medical insurance system will be successful, reports Interfax-Religion.

“It is sad that this question is being solved slowly. But I assure you it will be solved in the same vein as the Church has proposed,” said Orthodox journalist Alexander Shchipkov, Deputy Chairman of the Synodal Department for Church, Society and Media Relations in a program on the Soyuz ("Union") Russian Orthodox TV channel.

According to him, whenever the Church tackles some difficult task, it understands that it will be resolved slowly.

“We are aware that some things will not be solved rapidly. But we that affirm we will struggle for it all the same, because the theme you have touched upon (that is, abortions) contradicts the Gospel. That is why the Church cannot change its position, its point of view on the matter,” A. Shchipkov stressed.

Earlier, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, speaking in the State Duma and the Council of the Federation, more than once called for the removal of abortions from the system of mandatory medical insurance.


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