In April 2011, an agency presented a new bill that, if passed, would severely limit women’s reproductive rights in Russia. Backed by the Russian Orthodox Church and the growing “”pro-life”” movement, the proposed bill introduced provisions greatly restricting women’s access to abortions. Furthermore, supporters of the bill launched a large media campaign misinforming the public on the health effects of abortion and framing the bill as “in the best interests of women’s welfare.” Recognizing the opportunity to raise public awareness prior to the autumn elections, the Russian Association for Population and Development (RAPD) developed a plan for an awareness-raising campaign, and requested funds to support the spread of reliable information to the supporters of women’s reproductive rights, policy-makers, heads of medical institutions and the media in the country. The plan includes the translation and distribution of brochures detailing both the myths and scientific facts of abortion.
RAPD works in forty-three regions of Russia and is one of the few human rights organizations working to provide medical assistance to the general population in relation to sexual and reproductive health rights.