Anti-abortion rallies across Romania and Moldova

ALIN MATEI

Romanian anti-abortion activists march while holding a poster depicting a newly born child during a protest in Timisoara city, 450 Km north-west from Bucharest, Romania, 24 March 2012. About two hundreds people, organized by the Federation of Orthodox Pro-life of Romania, the Romanian Family Alliance and the Provita Media Association, marched with banners and flowers across downtown of Timisoara city. According to statistics made public by Alan Guttmacher Institute, in 2008, Romania's abortion rate is 26.7 per 1000 people, one of the highest in Europe.

Anti-abortion rallies across Romania and Moldova


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Ultra-conservative Orthodox groups and priests marched in anti-abortion rallies across Romania and Moldova on Sunday, March 25.

The anti-abortion rally in Bucharest reached 2,000-4,000 people, featuring groups with names such as “Students for Life” and “Coalition for Family.”

Current law allows abortion in Romania until the 14th week of pregnancy.

The anti-abortion movement has deep roots in Romania, with the Communist regime of Nicolae Ceausescu championing a repressive anti-abortion and anti-contraception regime since the 1960s, aimed at increasing the country’s population.

The uniquely repressive regime came to the detriment of women’s’ health. In 1995, Romania had one of the highest pregnancy-related mortality rates in the world. Following a

Following a demographic shock in the 1990s and 2000s – consistent with the experience of all post-communist regimes – births have begun to recover in the 2010’s. There is little to suggest that fertility rates are directly related to abortion laws, as broader socioeconomic factors come into play.

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