Abortion Numbers In Russia Dropped By About 100,000 Compared To 2018 - Putin
This year's number of abortions in Russia declined by approximately 100,000 when compared to the previous year, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday
During the meeting, the public representatives also stressed that specialized NGOs are not always allowed to practice anti-abortion consultations in maternity welfare centers, which is, above all, connected with medical confidentiality.
The president supported the involvement of NGOs in consultations for women who decided to terminate a pregnancy, on the condition that such a practice will be based on a patient's voluntary consent.
"No one should be forced to do it [attend an anti-abortion consultation], but prohibiting such a practice is also wrong. We will try to organize the process in a way that does not violate people's right to protect their personal information and to provide them with the possibility of choosing among the proposed solutions, including those of the NGOs," Putin said.