A Russian woman has allegedly burned her newborn baby to death in a stove after attempts at self-inducing abortion failed. The unnamed woman spend several months attempting to kill her baby in an abortion by taking various pills.
She reportedly hid the pregnancy from family members.
From a UPI report:
The woman delivered the baby July 12 while alone in a house and she told police the newborn had shown no signs of life, RIA Novosti reported.
The mother, from the town of Ust-Kamchatsky in far eastern Russia, allegedly told police that she had concealed her pregnancy from her family and tried to abort the baby on her own.
“For several months she was trying to terminate her unwanted pregnancy; she took pills and made injections,” police said in a statement.
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Police said the mother wrapped the newborn in a plastic bag.
“She headed to an abandoned country house on the outskirts of the town. She threw the body of the baby into a stove where she had lit a fire,” the statement said.
Abortions continue to take place in Russia at an astonishingly high level. Due to a rapidly falling fertility, Russia has experienced a dramatic population decline, going from 148.5 million people in 1995 to 143 million today despite efforts by various governments to boost the birth rate.
A 2004 UN survey showed Russia had the world’s highest abortion rate at 53.7 per 100 women as more than 1.3 million abortions were done in 2009.