Deputies at the plenary session of the State Duma of the Russian Federation.
© Sputnik / Pavel BednyakovFILE: Deputies at the plenary session of the State Duma of the Russian Federation.
According to the RIA Novosti news agency, the Russian State Duma's Health Protection Committee has sent proposals to the Federation's Ministry of Health, asking them to consider reducing the time limit on abortions from twelve to nine weeks at a woman's request.

The Duma Committee has also said that pregnancy due to rape should be a key social criterion for having an abortion.

The Committee has also recommended that the Federal Service for Surveillance in Health Care (Roszdravnadzor) should strengthen its oversight of drugs used in performing abortions in order to prevent their use away from hospitals.

The Federation's Council of Ministers needs to increase the availability of medical and social support for pregnant women, regardless of where they live. The proposals also include a recommendation for further action to be taken to inform the population about reproductive health care,

Alexei Kurinny, Deputy Chair of the Duma's Health Protection Committee, has denied reports circulating in the media that he and his colleagues have asked the Ministry of Health to consider reducing the time limit on abortions from twelve to nine weeks. "I should make it clear straight away that no such decision has been made by the Committee - this is just one of the suggestions that emerged from a recent round-table event organised by the Committee. There were a number of proposals, including some that were a bit over-the-top. Personally, I'm not in favour of such an approach", wrote Kurinny on his Telegram Channel.