MP urges granting embryo citizen’s rights
Vitaly Milonov, the deputy in the of the Legislative Assembly of St Petersburg, says that as soon as the document is checked by experts, he will get MPs to consider it “and wait for their support.” “I hope it will happen as early as September,” he told the Interfax agency.The bill would deal with an individual’s legal capacity at different stages of their life, the politician pointed out. “We should make it clear that it is not permitted to use the term ‘embryo’,” Milonov stated. “It has legal capacity, which is the basis of the rule of law.”The lawmaker observed that not all people are happy, healthy and sporty. Some are in coma or cannot breathe, “but they are humans, too,” he underlined.“Then why do we call abortions cosmetic surgery? A child who hasn’t done anything bad is being killed,” Milonov concluded. Earlier in August, St Petersburg’s Priest Aleksey Galkin came up with a more radical proposal in a move to ban abortions. He urged lawmakers to equate abortion to murder, and to send women who undergo the procedure to jail. “From a Christian perspective, artificial termination of pregnancy is considered a killing of a new life since the heart starts beating on the 18th day,” the priest said in his appeal to State Duma deputies.He cited Article 20 of the Russian Constitution, which guarantees everyone the right to life. And, he added, “there are no grounds to consider an unborn child to be not a human being…therefore one has the right to life from the moment of conception.” According to official statistics, the number of abortions in Russia is over 1.2 million annually. Pro-life activists and the Orthodox Church claim the figure is up to 4 million.In July, Russian police discovered a dump of more than 250 human embryos in the Urals region of the country. The story outraged many, but police did not open a criminal case as the embryos appeared to be medical waste, and the only law broken was that they had not been disposed of properly.