The following comment was posted on an article here:
A very small percentage of Russians attend church regularly and the abortion rate is about 4 times of ours
Since I have not thought about the facts before, I did some research:
- Church Attendance
Over the past two decades, since the collapse of the Soviet Union, there has been an upsurge in affiliation with Orthodox Christianity in Russia.1 Between 1991 and 2008, the share of Russian adults identifying as Orthodox Christian rose from 31% to 72%, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of three waves of data (1991, 1998 and 2008) from the International Social Survey Programme (ISSP) – a collaboration involving social scientists in about 50 countries. During the same period, the share of Russia’s population that does not identify with any religion dropped from 61% to 18%. The share of Russian adults identifying with other religions, including Islam, Protestant Christianity and Roman Catholicism, rose in the 1990s and then leveled off. (Estimates of the size of Russia’s Muslim population vary. The most recent ISSP survey finds that Muslims make up 5% of Russia’s population, but other surveys and studies have somewhat higher estimates. For more information, see “Sochi Olympics shine spotlight on Russia’s Muslim population.”)
According to a 2021 survey, 31 percent of Americans never attend church or synagogue, compared to 22 percent of Americans who attend every week.
Religiosity in the United States
Despite only about a fifth of Americans attending church or synagogue on a weekly basis, almost 40 percent consider themselves to be very religious. Additionally, states in the Deep South such as Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana had the most residents identifying as very religious. In contrast, New England states like Vermont, Maine, and New Hampshire had the most people identifying as nonreligious.
Both nations need to have higher church attendance. Identifying as a Christian without works may still grant salvation, it does not make a better world as we now are reaping. I understand that church attendance does not impact the level of faith for a Christian. I am saying that in our country, our ministers and pastors have let us down and have not produced moral citizens.
2. Abortions Rates
Abortion Rights in Russia
It might be surprising, but Russia is one of the top countries in the world for the number of abortions.
Abortion rates have been exceptionally high for decades when compared to other countries, but have decreased in the past two decades. According to the latest data compiled by Statista, the number of abortions recorded in Russia reached over 2 million in 2000 and dropped to over 550,000 in 2020. The abortion rate has been steadily decreasing since 2020, although it remains high overall.
Overall Increase in Abortion Nationwide (United States)
The new data released by Guttmacher include several notable trends (see table with abortion incidence and rates by state and region):
- In 2020, there were 930,160 abortions in the United States, an 8% increase from 862,320 abortions in 2017.
- Similarly, the abortion rate increased from 13.5 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15–44 in 2017 to 14.4 per 1,000 women, a 7% increase.
Population US: 331,449,281 million (0.2% abortion rate)
Population Russia: 144.1 million (0.3% abortion rate)
The abortion rate in Russia is 50% higher than in the United States. The abortion rate in Russia has fallen 72.5% since 2000. Putin became President of Russia in 2000. While the abortion rate in the United States has declined, it is now rising. Let us pray that the reversal of Roe v. Wade will cause it to decrease.
I would be grateful if someone would show that Putin was not responsible for Russia’s large decline in abortion:
Russian women’s right to terminate pregnancies is to be dramatically curtailed under a new government decree that has sparked the country’s first serious debate about abortion in decades.
I know that the above information will not interest most readers. I do want to point out that Putin has drastically cut the abortion rate in Russia and has been a staunch advocate for Christianity. Our country’s leadership seems intent on following a Satanic pathway for their own personal edification. Time will tell whether good or evil will win in the short term but the Lord always wins in the end according to His plan.