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Russian Lawmakers Prepare For Major Crackdown on Abortion

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"I hope that very soon we will live in a Russia without abortions."

MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia's Orthodox Church teamed with Conservative parliamentarians Monday to push legislation that would radically restrict abortions in a nation struggling to cope with one of the world's lowest birthrates.

The legislation would ban free abortions at government-run clinics and prohibit the sale of the morning-after pill without a prescription, said Yelena Mizulina, who heads a parliamentary committee on families, women and children.

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