Russia’s Abortion-Caused Underpopulation Crisis Requires Foreign Workers

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 2, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Russia’s Abortion-Caused Underpopulation Crisis Requires Foreign Workers

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
May 2
, 2008

Moscow, Russia ( — The underpopulation crisis unlimited abortions has caused in Russia is so bad, that the nation will likely need to import large numbers of foreign workers because of labor shortages. U.S. CIA director Michael Hayden says he’s concerned that will lead to racial unrest in a nation with numerous nuclear missiles.

Abortion has been used as a method of birth control for decades in Russia and other eastern European nations. Russia will likely lose one-third of its current population by 2050 as a result.

The Russian population has been shrinking since the 1990s and, though it is the largest sized country in the world, it has just 141.4 million citizens — less than half of the United States.

According to the Washington Times, Hayden gave a speech saying he’s concerned about internal racial and religious issues in Russia because of the need of foreign workers and the tension that could cause.

"To sustain its economy, Russia increasingly will have to look elsewhere for workers," he said, and noted that likely means new population growth in Russia will come from poorer nations with largely Islamic people.

"Some immigrants will be Russians from the former Soviet states. But others will be Chinese and non-Russians from the Caucasus, Central Asia and elsewhere, potentially aggravating Russia’s already uneasy racial and religious tensions," he said.

Last week, the Russian legislature introduced a ban on advertisements for abortion in mainstream media outlets. The ban relegates any ads to medical publications that are not as visible in the general public.

The Duma hopes the abortion ad ban will help change the culture in Russia where women view abortion as a form of birth control.

"The document introduces a ban on abortions in any media," deputy chairman of the Duma Health Committee Sergei Kolesnikov said according to RIA Novosti. "The advertisement of abortion can appear only in specialized medical media, and in medical institutions."

Kolesnikov said the legislation has an "educational character," aiming to "remind people that the problem exists."