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Russia's parliament adopts law restricting abortions to 12 weeks, with exception for poor
MOSCOW (AP) ' Russia's parliament has adopted a law limiting abortions, but rejected even tougher restrictions backed by the country's Orthodox Church.
Health officials say Russia's abortion rates are among the world's highest and contribute to a steep population decline.
The law passed on Friday limits abortions to 12 weeks of pregnancy ' except for women who say they can't afford a child, who may have an abortion up to 22 weeks.
The law also stipulates a mandatory waiting period of two to seven days before the procedure, described as time for a woman to reconsider her decision.
The law does not include restrictions proposed by the Russian Orthodox Church, such as a requirement for a husband's or parents' consent for married women or teenage girls or for a doctor's right to refuse an abortion.