Can Russia ban abortion? Boris Lordkipanidze


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2016


Interview with
Boris
Lordkipanidze


medical science


Can Russia
ban abortion?

"Should abortion is pulled out from the mandatory
health insurance, citizens will have to pay for
them. Those who will not be able to pay the
amount that
private health institutions ask for,
they will most likely seek assistance from the
people who have no medical education. In most
cases, this trend will lead to disastrous
consequences for the health of pregnant women."

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Can Russia
ban abortion?

Interview with

Boris
Lordkipanidze.

03.10.2016



More than
300,000
people,
including
Patriarch
Kirill, have signed a
petition to ban abortions
in Russia. Pravda.Ru held
an interview about the
issue of abortions in
Russia with an
international expert on
reproductive health in
the territory of the
Russian Federation,
member of the Board
of Trustees of "Mother
Russia" movement,
obstetrician
-
gynecologist, Candidate
of Medical Sciences,
Boris Lordkipanidze.


"Today,
Russia
raises the
question
about
the
withdraw
al of
abortions from
mandatory health
insurance (MHI). Are
abortions free in Russia?"

"In Russia, abortion is
free. The question about
the withdrawal of
abortion from the
mandatory health
insurance touches upon
all types of abort
ions,
except for abortion on
medical grounds. This is a
problem, because socially
disadvantaged people
will be deprived of the
possibility to resort to
this medical procedure.

"Should abortion is pulled
out from the mandatory
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health insurance, citizens
wil
l have to pay for them.
Those who will not be
able to pay the amount
that private health
institutions ask for, they
will most likely seek
assistance from the
people who have no
medical education. In
most cases, this trend will
lead to disastrous
consequenc
es for the
health of pregnant
women."

"Is there any economic
benefit from the
withdrawal of abortion
from mandatory health
insurance? Is abortion an
expensive surgery?"


"If this happens, the state
will be able to save
around five billion rubles.
In relati
on to the fund of
the mandatory health
insurance

In, this money
is literally a drop in the
sea. If some of those
women, who choose to
interrupt pregnancy, will
go to unprofessional
doctors, if abortion is
removed from the
mandatory health
insurance system,

they
will go to stationary
hospitals should they
develop any
complications
afterwards.


"The treatment of
gynecological pathology
is a fixed service that is
included in MHI
standards, and it is much
more expensive than
abortion. In other words,
it is high
ly likely that the
amount of five billion
that the government
may try to save on
abortions will be used on
the subsequent
treatment of
complications after
"illegal abortions."

"Why do we still have the
problem of abortion?
Why don't people use
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modern means

of
contraception that
completely eliminates this
problem?"


"In Russia, we have a very
narrow system of
education, and a low level
of public awareness as far
as this problem is
concerned. In the West,
this knowledge has been
propagated since the
1960s, wh
en
contraceptive drugs
appeared. Russia has
traditionally had a
controversial attitude to
contraception.

"In the Soviet Union,
abortion was treated as a
routine procedure that
was very simple for
women. The problem of
abortion had never been
condemned in society,
and this question had
never been considered as
a problem. As a result,
abortion had become the
mo
st simple "means of
contraception." The issue
was regarded as a sole
prerogative of women,
and men were never
responsible for the
problem. We now deal
with consequences of our
reluctance to inform the
population about
methods of
contraception and the
harm
of abortions. We do
not have a culture of
contraceptive behavior."

"Doctors say that the
majority of women who
make abortions already
have children. Why can't
they have an intrauterine
device that we have
known since the Soviet
times? Or is it too
expensiv
e a procedure?"


"This is also a part of our
irresponsibility. More
than 50 percent of the
population use the
interrupted sexual
intercourse technique,
which is absolutely
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unreliable. Yet, those
people prefer to rely on
this method instead of
going to the
doctor to
decide the most
appropriate method of
contraception and use
recommendations,
whether it is intrauterine
devices, oral
contraceptives or
injectable contraceptives.
One can make an
injection once in every
three months and live
quite happily without

worrying about
pregnancy.

"One can use an
intrauterine device that
lasts for five years. In
Russia, a patient only
needs to buy the device,
while the procedure to
install it is free.
Unfortunately, the
Russians leave it all to
chance before going to a
doc
tor to interrupt
pregnancy."

"The petition to ban
abortions that has
already collected about
300,000 signatures
contains a clause on the
prohibition of assisted
reproductive technology,
"an integral component
of which is the
humiliation of human
dignity an
d the killing of
children in early stages of
their embryonic
development." Does it go
about the prohibition of
IVF?"

"It does, but again, there
are a lot of religious
overtones here. Doctors
take several eggs, then
several of them are
fertilized, but only
one or
two, most promising
ones, are transferred into
the uterus. The remaining
eggs get frozen. In the
past, doctors used to
transfer, for example,
three fertilised eggs into
the uterus to receive one
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child. If all the three
embryos would develop
normally
, doctors would
destroy two embryos and
keep only one. This
technique is not used
nowadays, as they
transfer the maximum of
two embryos now. All of
this is a matter of
science."


"What will happen if both
abortions and IVF are
banned in Russia?"

"For the
time being, this
is just a public initiative.
The petition will need to
receive a certain number
of signatures before the
government can consider
it. I personally believe
that this initiative will
never materialise as there
are many reasonable
people in th
e
government.

If Russia ever bans
abortion, it will not be
done on the basis of
religion or a humane
approach to human life.
Russia stands on the brink
of a demographic hole,
and, given the vast
territory of our country,
one needs to maintain
the number of

people,
who will live on this
territory.


"Yet, even this cause is
very doubtful. The
abortion ban experience
in 1936, during Stalin's
time, demonstrated that
the birth rate had
increased, but then
returned to the original
level, before the growth
of ille
gal abortions,
infanticide and female
deaths occurred."


Interviewed by Tatiana Traktina
.
Pravda.Ru



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