Catholics know what's at stake, and they're making up their own minds despite the influence the bishops claim, or the relative importance the hierarchy's influence and divisive campaigns garner in the media.
There is no easy answer to demographic decline, and making abortion the scapegoat for decades of neglect to women's well-being will not help. Building a stronger society that supports women and children is the long, slow, sure road to a thriving Russia.
Today the Institute of Medicine reported what most breathing humans know more or less reflexively: That contraception is a preventive health care service. Why is this even a question? And why must we answer it now?
Every woman has different life circumstances. Every pregnancy produces different challenges. Who is more able to assess the moral validity of every woman's abortion? I certainly don't think it's the Archbishop.