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    Orthodox Patriarch Kirill Signs Appeal to Ban Abortion in Russia

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    The head of the Russian Orthodox Church signed on Tuesday an appeal to introduce a total nationwide ban on abortions in Russia, Patriarch Kirill's spokesman said.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to Father Alexander Volkov, the appeal calls for recognition of the beginning of human life at the moment of conception and stresses that the embryo should be legally protected.

    The document also proposes to ban any surgical or therapeutic interruption of pregnancy, as well as "the use of contraceptives with abortion-inducing effects."

    According to Russian pro-life activists, about 1 million women in Russia have induced abortions every year.

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