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Every Third Russian Abortion Ends in Patient’s Death

MosNews | April 8 2005

Two million abortions are performed in Russia every year, with only 1.5 million children actually being born. Moreover, badly performed surgeries kill every third patient and leave many infertile for the rest of their lives, Vladimir Kulakov, deputy director of the Russian Women’s Health Center reported at a video conference Friday.

The number of women who have abortions in Russia annually greatly exceeds the corresponding figures in Western European countries, Kulakov said. The quality of abortions performed is often very low and the women’s health is often at risk, with 30 percent of them dying, he added.

“There are more than 6.5 million infertile women in Russia today,” RIA Novosti quoted Kulakov as saying. “15 percent of Russian couples are facing the problem of infertility.”

Artificial insemination could be a way out, but presently most Russian women simply cannot afford it. “This is why the implementation of a cheap or free artificial insemination program is the state’s priority if they want to raise the birth rate in Russia,” Kulakov said.

Russia is facing a demographic time-bomb as the ageing population is dying at a higher rate than the birth rate.