Last Wednesday was the 50th anniversary of the legalization of abortion in the former USSR. When the USSR split over a decade ago, those countries who regained their independence, such as Russia and Lithuania, retained the liberal laws regarding abortion. Due to the poverty of these nations, they continue to be a target for the Planned Parenthood and other pro-abortion forces.
In a 2003 "Special Analysis" for the Planned Parenthood's Alan Guttmacher Institute, Amy Deschner and Susan Cohen insist that "Contraceptive use is key to reducing abortion worldwide." Their focus is the unbelievable abortion rates in Russia. Many women suffer eight to 10 abortions throughout their lives, with some women obtaining as many as 20 to 30!
Driven to abortion due to poverty, these pro-abortion forces mistakenly think (as you can see from the illogical sequence of the above article) that an increase in persistent use of contraceptives will cause the abortion rates to decline and thus solve the "problem" of pregnancy. Statistically for a country who already has unrestricted legal abortion and no real accessibility to contraceptives this may be true, however, statistics also show that every country that has open the door for increased use of contraceptives has subsequently suffered higher abortion rates. The connection between contraception and abortion is like a vicious cycle that feeds off itself creating more and more destruction. Deschner and Cohen are irresponsible in their statistical analysis when they say that contraception leads to a decline in abortion rates.
But, there is hope amid the efforts of the Planned Parenthood to spread sexual irresponsibility, contraception and abortion throughout these regions. New reports show that visas to Russia for missionary work will be restricted, but pro-lifers continue to work diligently to help pregnant women throughout the country.
The Mary Mother of God Mission Society sponsored by the Catholic Church in the US and Russia serves the needs of pregnant and post-abortive women in Russia in the far eastern city of Vladivostok.
Human Life International has pro-life offices in over 50 foreign countries, including Lithuania and Russia. Their 2003 mission trip to Lithuania highlights the history of the pro-life movement there as well as the history of abortion.
The Life Ministries of the Lutheran Church- Missouri Synod, a member organization of the National Pro-life Religious Council, is also taking part in pro-life mission trips to Russia. An update given in the NPRC quarterly newsletter "Uniting for Life" shows how their ministry, Hope Crisis Pregnancy Center in a suburb of St. Petersburg, is helping Russian women with practical assistance during and after pregnancy with baby items, maternity classes and job training.
Programs such as these pro-life programs are real solutions not only to pregnancy, but also to poverty. It is baffling that the Planned Parenthood is not interested in these programs, but only in their agenda to prevent births through abortion and contraception. Perhaps it is simply the eugenics philosophy of their founder coming through in the continued work of the Planned Parenthood throughout the world.