The Mordovian legislature has passed a law prohibiting the act of inducing women to have abortions. Violators may be fined up to 10,000 rubles, as reported by "Novaya Gazeta. Europe" on August 3rd.
On August 2nd, the State Assembly of Mordovia passed a republican law that prohibits the Inducement of abortions. This legislation strictly forbids the act of encouraging abortion through methods such as persuasion, stimulation, bribery, or deception. Medical recommendations for terminating a pregnancy in cases of medical necessity are still permissible.
Violators of this law may face fines of up to 10,000 rubles ($106). For foreigners, the fine may increase to 20,000 rubles ($212), while public officials could be fined up to 50,000 rubles ($529) and legal entities up to 200,000 rubles ($2,116).
Explaining the rationale behind the law, Artyom Zdunov, the head of Mordovia, stated, "We found ourselves with no alternative. Mordovia has been struggling with low birth rates, which is an aftermath of both the Great Patriotic War and the challenges of the 1990s. Plus, too many people have left the republic. This includes those who would have formed families and contributed to childbirth."
Mordovia is the first region in Russia to implement such legislation.
Over the past year, various initiatives from officials have been introduced in Russia that may infringe upon women's reproductive rights. In May, Tatyana Volynets, the Commissioner for Children's Rights in Tatarstan, proposed a ban on abortions within private clinics. Similarly, a month later, Pyotr Tolstoy, Deputy Speaker of the State Duma, called for increased control over hormonal medications used in medical abortions. This suggestion was supported by the Ministry of Health.
Oleg Postnikov, a regional legislator from Perm, recommended persuading women against abortion, offering as an alternative that the state could take custody of the child if they chose to give birth.