Bill cancelling mandatory health insurance coverage for abortions submitted to State Duma

Members of all State Duma factions have supported a bill allowing only state-run healthcare institutions to perform abortions and cancelling mandatory health insurance coverage for abortions.

Members of all State Duma factions have supported a bill allowing only state-run healthcare institutions to perform abortions and cancelling mandatory health insurance coverage for abortions.

The press service of head of the State Duma committee for family, women and children Yelena Mizulina, a co-author of this bill, said that, according to the proposed document, performing abortions outside of state-run healthcare institutions should carry a fine of 50,000 rubles to 200,000 rubles for citizens, a fine of 500,000 rubles to 800,000 rubles for officials, and a fine of 500,000 rubles to 800,000 rubles for entrepreneurs who work without establishing a legal entity, if their actions do not have any signs of a criminal offence.

Legal entities may have to pay fines from 500,000 rubles ($10,000) to 2.5 million rubles ($50,000) or may be ordered to suspend their operations for a period of up to 90 days.

"The artificial termination of pregnancy funded by mandatory health insurance will be possible only in the presence of certain medical or social reasons," the press service said.

 

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