Metropolitan Hilarion supports legal protection of the child from the moment of conception

Moscow. 20 Nov. INTERFAX – Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk spoke in favor of legislation protecting the rights of the child to life and development from the moment of conception.

“I think that human life is in need of legal protection from the moment of conception, because from the point of view of the Church and from the point of view of many medical professionals and scientists, the embryo is a person, a fetus is a person is a person at a certain initial stage of its development”, – said the Metropolitan on Saturday in the program “Church and world” on TV channel “Russia-24” (VGTRK).

“Unfortunately, there is still this attitude to unborn children that the embryo is a kind of part of the mother’s body, and how we can hair cut off or to cut my nails, so the woman can get rid of the foetus,” – said the Hierarch.

“From the point of view of the Church it is not, it is another human being,” said the Metropolitan.

He recalled that the Church considers abortion a sin and allow it only for medical reasons. While Metropolitan Hilarion led the known examples of how women give birth to healthy children and themselves alive and healthy, rejecting medical advice to abort a problem pregnancy.

Even if a woman became a victim of violence, the child that she will carry, give birth and nurture, could bring her happiness, said the Hierarch.

Speaking about the wave of “ComingOut” victims of violence, Metropolitan noticed that all involved in public discussion of this matter wittingly or unwittingly are advocating sin. He believes that such publicity is similar to the practice of General confession which was practiced by the Church in the first centuries of Christianity.

“The Church very soon this was abandoned, and the confession had become a mystery because people are not useful to hear about the sins of others,” he said, advising victims of violence and abusers is publicity in social networks come to confession and to contact the police.