Region in Russia stops abortions on Feast of the Holy Innocents

Russian Orthodox diocese declared January 11 a ‘day of silence without abortions’

A region in Russia banned abortion for a day on Wednesday to commemorate the Feast of the Holy Innocents.

The Russian Orthodox diocese in the city of Yaroslavl declared January 11 a “day of silence without abortions”, and said it was supported by the local health department.

A statement on the diocese’s website read: “The event is dedicated to the memory of Bethlehem children slaughtered by King Herod, who wanted to kill the newborn infant Christ. On this day it is forbidden to carry out abortions in all state medical institutions in Yaroslavl Region.”

Russia has the second highest abortion rate in the world, after China: in 2015, there were 930,000 abortions performed in the country — which excludes abortions performed outside the medical system.

Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, supported a campaign last year calling for a total ban on abortion.




  1. Patrick Gannon Reply

    Let’s review why Catholics are against abortion. The Church gives us three options for the aborted, miscarried or stillborn child that commits the grievous crime of dying before being baptized:
    A. The default position is that they go to Hell. The catechism says the Church knows of no way to salvation outside of baptism. If we die with original sin (a concept debunked by evolution and DNA evidence), then we are denied salvation. If this is true, it means Catholics worship a god who sends complete innocents to Hell. What could be more evil than sending a completely innocent and helpless infant soul to Hell?
    B. Catholics are allowed to believe in Limbo. Truth doesn’t matter, to the Church; believing does. Limbo is not official doctrine; it was invented by Augustine as a sort of suburb of Hell where one is denied salvation, but not necessarily turned on a spit over open flames. One thing to note moms; if your miscarried or stillborn baby goes to Limbo, you will never see it.
    C. Catholics are allowed to “hope” their god isn’t a complete monster who sends totally innocent souls to eternal torment. This is a thin hope as the catechism is clear that there is no salvation without baptism. This “hope” is not “faith.” This is not an act of faith (faith means pretending to know things you don’t know).
    So abortion is a bad thing in the Church, because an evil god sends an innocent soul to Hell. That’s why Catholics are against it. They worship this evil god out of fear. This god is so evil that he has to “command” that his creation love him. What parent among us has to command that our children love us?
    The Church will say that original sin justifies being denied salvation, but let’s take a look at that. First, we know that if Yahweh-Jesus really wants to, he can remove or prevent original sin. The Church determined in 1854 that Mary had been born without original sin. Assuming Yahweh-Jesus is all-powerful, that means he can eliminate original sin for all of us if he wants to. That he chooses not to, thus denying salvation, means he’s not all-good. Why it was determined that Mary had to be born without original sin has to do with science. Back in Jesus’ day (assuming he was a real person), they believed that the man planted the seed in the woman, but she only grew it; she did not contribute to it. In the 1800s they learned that women contributed half the genetic material and this created a problem. Original sin is the consequence of sex, which is why the Church is so maniacally obsessive about it. When you have sex you pass along original sin. That’s why Mary had to be a virgin – so she wouldn’t pass along the original sin they thought came from only the husband, since they thought only he contributed genetic material. They did not think her genetic material mattered, so she couldn’t pass along the original sin she got from her parents for doing the naughty deed. Once they learned this, they had a problem. The simple solution was to decide long after the fact, and completely without biblical support, that Mary had been born without original sin, and so it was decided in 1854. This confirms for us that Yahweh-Jesus can remove or prevent original sin, but chooses not to, preferring instead to send billions to Hell. And we worship this evil being?
    Evolution and DNA evidence have confirmed that we evolved from an early pool of humans, not two individuals. The evidence is pretty incontrovertible. If we came from just two individuals, our DNA would be quite different. There was no garden of paradise. Our ancestors woke up in the morning on the menu. They clawed out an existence every day, attempting to live long enough to procreate. What was their original sin? Developing a more advanced self-aware consciousness? Learning to talk? Making tools? Building fires? What was it that these barely human ancestors did to get Yahweh-Jesus’ panties in such a wad that he felt he had to punish everyone to ever be born thereafter (except Mary) in order to feel better about himself? Seriously, why would a good god who can’t be hurt, ever feel the need to punish mere humans?
    Original sin is debunked, folks. Don’t let disordered, celibate virgins playing dress-up in robes, use fear to control you any longer. There are two options here. The god they worship is evil, or they made it all up, which makes them evil. The Church is denying the “pool” of early ancestors, just as they denied that the earth went around the sun, but in time, they will have to come around. How will an organization that is centered on baseless fears, survive when, in time, it becomes widely accepted that the fears were based on lies and mythology?

    1. Peter Aiello Reply

      In spite of your God-abuse, you bring up some interesting points.

      Paul in Romans 7:14-8:2 describes original sin (law of sin) as our human weakness. I don’t know whether it is detectable in our DNA or not. This is something that all humans experience. It was one of the results of the Garden of Eden episode.
      I don’t believe that Christ experienced it while He was on earth. I don’t know about Mary. Both the Holy Spirit and Mary had to contribute to the humanity of Jesus. If it was only Mary, Jesus would have been a woman. If it was only God, Jesus would not be human.
      My understanding of the law of sin is that it is passed from Adam and Eve through human blood from the male. The female contributes to DNA, but does not contribute the blood. The reason why Christ did not have the sin of Adam was because He did not have a human father descended from Adam and Eve. It was not because Mary had to be free from original sin. Apparently, God contributed the pure blood that Jesus had. Mary wasn’t involved in this part.

      Paul in 1Corinthians 7:14 says: “For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy”. He appears to be saying that children are holy because of one or both of the believing parents, rather than because of infant Baptism.

      When God created conscious beings with free-will, He took a chance. Part of the angels rebelled, and so did humans. He chose a remedy for humans, but not for angels. Why God chose to do things the way He did is His business.
      Non-human nature is naturally humble towards Him. Humans need prodding because of free will and the law of sin. Surrender of our egos and self to Christ, partially reverses the effects of the fall. Peace and strength is Christian enlightenment. When this happens to you, God becomes an ally. Avoiding hell is not the entire picture.

      When it comes to evolution, I don’t know what is settled science or not. This is a part of my understanding of how things work.

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