Russia forbids doctors to persuade parents to have an abortion


Eastern Europe

Pregnant women sit in a hallway at a perinatal centre in the town of Balashikha. Photo AFP, Dimitar Dilkoff

In Russia, the Ministry of Health issued a new abortion directive last week. From now on, doctors are prohibited from persuading parents to have an abortion or abandon their child in cases where disabilities are detected or suspected in the child in the womb.