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.

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  1. 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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