Monday, May 30, 2011

Russia's Orthodox Church Uses Women's Brains and Uteri as Stepping Stones to Power

Russia's Orthodox Church is seeking a more muscular role in society. What to do, what to do to achieve that goal?

How about support proposed legislation aimed at infantilizing women of reproductive age and denying them proper medical care:

MOSCOW – Russia's Orthodox Church teamed with Conservative parliamentarians Monday to push legislation that would radically restrict abortions in a nation struggling to cope with one of the world's lowest birthrates.

The legislation would ban free abortions at government-run clinics and prohibit the sale of the morning-after pill without a prescription, said Yelena Mizulina, who heads a parliamentary committee on families, women and children.

She added that abortion for a married woman would also require the permission of her spouse, while teenage girls would need their parents' consent. If the legislation is passed, a week's waiting period would also be introduced so women could consider their decision to terminate their pregnancy, Mizulina said.

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