Patriarch Kirill has told about participation of the Russian Orthodox Church and the authorities in the fight against abortion

© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator in photovacation of Moscow and all Russia Kirill at the opening of the hierarchical Council of the ROC. 29 Nov 2017Patriarch Kirill has told about participation of the Russian Orthodox Church and the authorities in the fight against abortion© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator the image Bank

The position of the Russian Orthodox Church on the issue of abortion has not changed — the human life must be protected from the moment of conception; and the joint efforts of Church and state managed to do a lot, said Wednesday the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill at the opening of the XXVI Christmas educational readings in Moscow.

«We can not say about the issue of abortion. The joint efforts of Church, state and public institutions much has been done to reduce the scale of this truly national disasters, and to consider mechanisms to solve problems,» — said the Patriarch.

He particularly noted the positive experience of creation of a network of crisis pregnancy centers, which, according to him, «has already saved many children’s lives.» «The Church’s position on the issue of abortion remains the same: human life is a gift of God, and therefore must be protected from the moment of its beginning, i.e. from conception to natural biological death», — said the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church.

The Patriarch acknowledged that in Russia today, millions of Orthodox are «forced to accept» the fact that they earned the money in taxes going to Fund abortions.

The Russian Orthodox Church ‘ position abortion in the first place, is to require the cessation of funding for abortion from the compulsory health insurance Fund (MHI), said RIA Novosti the head of the Synodal Department for Church and society and the media Vladimir Legoyda. Earlier, the participants of all-Russian public movement «For life!» announced that it had collected 1 million signatures in support of its petition for a ban on abortion in the country. In the fall of 2016 it was signed by the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill.

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