1 Dec 2023 19:37

Over 40% of Russians suggest extending ban on abortions in private clinics in some regions to whole country - poll

MOSCOW. Dec 1 (Interfax) - Forty-one percent of Russians think it would be right if private clinics across the country refused to provide abortions, as is currently the case in a number of regions, according to the findings of a Public Opinion Foundation (FOM) poll, published on the FOM website on Friday.

A slightly larger proportion (42%) would be wary of such a step and the remaining 17% of respondents, or almost one in six, did not have an opinion about the issue, the pollster said.

Asked whether abortion should be removed from the mandatory health insurance system, almost two-thirds (61%) expressed their negative attitude to similar ideas, almost one in four (24%) replied in the affirmative, and the remaining 15% had no opinion about it.

The poll was conducted among 1,500 respondents aged 18 and over in 104 populated localities across 53 Russians regions on November 17-19, 2023.