Patriarch Kirill of Moscow is among 300,000 signatories to a new pro-life petition
Having blogged here recently about the Russian Revolution and the violence of the early Communists, I was struck by the news here that more than 300,000 Russians have signed a petition calling for “the end of the legal murder of children before birth”. The phrase “legal murder” is not one used in the UK by pro-life groups. I suspect this is because the wording is too strong for people’s stomachs; it might even be illegal and interpreted as a “hate crime”.
Russians are not so squeamish. Having endured 70 years of state-sponsored violence of all kinds – against political dissidents, against innocent people who found themselves on the wrong side of the law, and against preborn babies – they are sick of it. The petition is aiming for a million signatures.
The revived Russian Orthodox Church has strongly supported the petition: Patriarch Kirill of Moscow is among the signatories. It also calls for a ban on abortifacient contraception (the morning-after pill), which the organisers call “an act similar to pagan sacrifices of children.” And again, in this complex society which seems much more spiritual than our own, the petition’s organisers warn that abortion, as well as affecting the country’s shrinking population, brings about the “loss of God’s blessings”.
This is not language that comes easily to the tongues of English people – or at least, not on a subject so emotionally heightened as abortion. We don’t like to do God in public.
Read more at CatholicHerald.co.uk…