Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia signed a petition calling to ban abortions.
He signed a petition after a divine service in Archangel Michael Church
in the village of Belousovo in New Moscow at the meeting with the
participants in all-Russian public movement For Life and The Orthodox Volunteers movement, website of the Russian Church reports.
"We, the citizens of the Russian Federation, are in favor of the
termination of the existing practice of abortion in our country which is
the legal killing of children before birth and require making changes
in the legal system to recognize that a conceived child has a status of
human being, whose life, health and well-being should be protected by
law," the appeal reads as its text was agreed with the Patriarchal
Commission for the Family, Maternity and Childhood Protection.
Its authors also stand for banning surgical and medical abortions,
contraceptives with abortive effects, assisted reproductive
technologies, "an integral component of which is humiliation of human
dignity and murder of children in the initial stages of embryonic
They suggest to provide financial assistance from the state budget to
pregnant women and families with children in the amount not less than
the subsistence minimum.
Patriarch Kirill thanked the participants for their work and gave them his blessing.