The governor of the Pskov region proposed a ban on inducing women to have abortions

The governor of the Pskov region proposed a ban on inducing women to have abortions

The governor of the Pskov region, Mikhail Vedernikov, proposed that the regional parliament consider a law prohibiting inducing women to have abortions. The law also provides for incentives for medical workers who managed to convince women to terminate their pregnancies, the head of the region said in his Telegram-channel.

The governor explains this decision by the difficult demographic situation in the region. The initiative, according to the head, involves an “integrated approach.” In addition to the ban on inducing abortion, it provides monetary incentives for medical staff if a woman refuses to terminate her pregnancy. The law also introduces additional support measures for low-income pregnant and lactating women: “1 thousand and 1.5 thousand rubles monthly for food.”

As Mr. Vedernikov noted, despite the steady decrease in the number of abortions in the Pskov region (1.5 thousand in 2022 versus 2.7 thousand in 2020), about 20% of pregnant women resort to them.

Previously, in Mordovia and the Tver region, administrative liability was introduced for “inducement” to abortion. They want to pass a similar law in the Tambov region and Tatarstan. Private clinics in some Russian regions have already refused to perform abortions, for example in the Lipetsk and Kursk regions, as well as Crimea.

RIA Novosti with reference to sources reported, that the legislative initiative to ban abortions in private clinics also involves reducing the period at which termination of pregnancy is possible. December 5, Speaker of the Federation Council Valentina Matvienko statedthat the state does not intend to prohibit women from having abortions.

About the discussion of the ban on abortion - in the material "Kommersant" “Nip it in the bud.”

Alexandra Goroshilova

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