In December 2020, Russian Orthodox Church revealed a change in the institution’s stance on abortion abortion.
Vladimir Legoyda, main spokesperson for Russian Orthodox Church, commented on the topic of abortion in a TV interview in RTVI,Â a New York-based Russian-language channel aimed at expats. According to Legodya, the institution insists on changing the status of abortion in Russian health insurance system:
â€œWe are taking a softer and more flexible position in this case: we demand [abortion] be withdrawn from the compulsory health insurance fund,â€Â he said. The Compulsory Medical Insurance Fund is a public program of providing free medical care country-wide.
Solution proposed by the Church would still impact multiple Russians, as the need to pay for the procedure would make it inaccessible for a large number of patients in need of the procedure.
Russian Orthodox Church has been known for supporting a blanket ban on abortion in the country, with Patriarch Kiril, head of the Church, openly stating â€œWe must first of all remove the topic of abortion to the extent that it exists” back in 2019.