Russia battles Soviet-era abortion attitudes

Doctors say widespread acceptance of procedure is having drastic effect on nation's fertility rates.

    Russia has one of the highest abortion rates in the world, a trend that doctors say is having a drastic effect on fertility rates among young women.

    Last year, the government introduced a law banning the procedure beyond 22 weeks of pregnancy.

    Even so, doctors say the government is still struggling to change Soviet-era attitudes, which considered abortion a common and often preferred choice over contraception.

    Al Jazeera's Charles Stratford reports from St Petersburg.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    The Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan was the strongest storm ever to make landfall. Five years on, we revisit this story.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    Thou Shalt Not Kill: Israel's Hilltop Youth

    Thou Shalt Not Kill: Israel's Hilltop Youth

    Meet the hardline group willing to do anything, including going against their government, to claim land for Israel.