Putin urged to implement 'total ban' on abortion in Russia after demands from top clerics
Patriarch Kirill, head of the Orthodox Church, signed a petition calling for "the end of the legal murder of children before birth".
He was immediately supported by Supreme Mufti of Russia Talgat Tadzhuddin, who said it was "infanticide" to conduct an abortion unless the woman's health was in jeopardy.
Mr Putin is known to pay close attention to the counsel of senior religious figures, and in this case the demands are backed by key figures in parliament.
A ban was also supported by Anna Kuznetsova, recently appointed by Mr Putin as his children's ombudsman, a hardline... read more
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