Seriously, I wonder how much the housing shortage in Russia contributes to the high abortion figures. I watched a program on Russia Today where they said that most Russians live in small apartments that consist of two rooms, with a tiny kitchen and a tiny bathroom. If that is accurate, how could the average Russian family even have room to raise more than two children?
I also wonder how available birth control pills are in Russia. If they are not readily available, that combined with the housing supply would tend to result in a lot of unwanted pregnancies for women living in tight, small cramped living spaces.
And what is the cost of living like in Russia? Are two incomes necessary in most cases for parents to raise children? How hard is it to get a larger apartment if a Russian family wants to have more children and needs more space?
All of these issues would contribute to a higher abortion rate.
I wonder how much improving the the living conditions of the Russian people might contribute to lowering the abortion rate?