April 14, 2005


Abortions in Russia Kill 33% of Mothers Who Have Them (LifeSiteNews.com, 4/14/05)

Conservative estimates put the Russian abortion rate at 60% of all pregnancies, approximately a tenth of which are on girls under 18. Vladimir Kulakov, the deputy director of the Russian Women's Health Center says that of some 38 million women of childbearing age, about 6 million are infertile, and medical authorities consider abortion as a major cause of infertility.

Now a new study shows that the death rate of women seeking abortion is also uncommonly high. Abortion is a dangerous invasive procedure whether legalized or not, but with much of Russian medical facilities working with antiquated equipment, many more women are dying from abortion complications in Russia than elsewhere.

Kulakov told Mosnews.com that of 3.5 million annual Russian pregnancies, only 1.5 million children are actually being born. Add to that the death rate of one woman in three and the number of women of child-bearing years who are capable of conceiving, Russia's demographic disaster is promising to be worse even than the most sombre predictions. Kulakov said that as many as 15% of Russian couples are infertile and suggests a government funded program of artificial insemination.

The mortality rate can't possibly be that high (can it?), but the demographic disaster is very real.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 14, 2005 7:52 PM

it can't possibly be that high considering most russian women have 4 or 5 abortions in their lives. journalistic standards are the same the world over...

Posted by: cjm at April 14, 2005 9:15 PM

But OJ's point about the demographic disaster is right on target.

Because of sloppy practices, many Russian women are now sterile. Using abortion as birth control has worked beyond their wildest dreams.

I read an article recently (link at home, where I am not--sorry) that clearly outlined Russia's onrushing demographic disaster.

Could be as much as a 30% decrease in population over the next fifty years.

Posted by: Jeff Guinn at April 15, 2005 7:42 AM

Too bad. As a tiny silver lining, we'll get to see a real-world laboratory experiment on Malthusianism and the idea that the lower the population the better.

Posted by: Tom at April 16, 2005 8:44 AM