Nov 25, 2008 / 23:09 pm
Authorities in the southern Russian city of Novorossiysk have scheduled a “week without abortion” in an effort to combat the country’s extremely high abortion rate.
During the weeklong event that began on Monday, doctors will not perform abortions in all but “the most extreme cases,” RussiaToday.com reports. The city’s maternity welfare center will hold open houses with information seminars on family planning as psychologists and gynecologists work with pregnant women to help prepare them for motherhood.
A hotline for pregnant women will also operate during the week, putting them in contact with gynecological experts in Novorossiysk.
“Doctors will do everything they can to stop women from doing the irreparable,” a city administration representative told RussiaToday.com.