Skip to comments.Thousands protest at Turkey anti-abortion law plan
Posted on 06/03/2012 3:53:56 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan sparked outrage from women's groups and opposition lawmakers last weekend when he delivered two fiery speeches in which he attacked abortion and caesarean births as secret plots designed to stall Turkey's economic growth. Abortion, he said, was "murder".
He said on Tuesday his governing AK Party was preparing a draft bill on abortion and intended to enact it into law. He gave no details.
About 3,000-4,000 protesters, mostly women, took part in the rally on Sunday. They blew whistles and chanted...
Abortion has been legal in the country since 1983, until the 10th week after conception.
Erdogan wants Turkey, a mostly Muslim nation of around 75 million people, to be among the world's top 10 economies by 2023... he has for years advocated families having at least three children. On a visit to Kazakhstan recently, deciding three was not enough, he told the country's prime minister Kazakh families should be having five.
Erdogan said last week caesarean births limited population growth because women who opted for the procedure could not have more than two children.
Turkey's health minister has announced plans to penalise hospitals that carry out elective caesarean sections, calling them unnatural.
Turkey does have a high rate of caesarean births -- more than 40 percent of live births in 2009, according to 2011 figures from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Only Brazil and China have a higher rate among OECD countries.
The World Health Organisation recommends a figure of 15 percent.
Abortion rates in Turkey, however, have steadily declined since the practice became legal in 1983...
At 14.8 abortions per 1,000 women in 2008, Turkey still trails far behind global U.N. figures of 28 per 1,000 or 27 per 1,000 in Europe.
(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...
not on the ban on c-sections
“Erdogan said last week caesarean births limited population growth because women who opted for the procedure could not have more than two children. “
Don’t tell that to my cousin with 8 kids
Cesareans only stop childbirth if a hysterectomy is performed after the baby is removed.
Dead mothers who would otherwise would have survived childbirth because of a C-Section delivery seldom if ever have more children either. Logic does not seem to be the Prime Minister's strong suit. Years of banging one's forehead five times a day against a stone floor through a thin rug may also have its little side effects.
Wow. Reuters screws up minds even here. Don’t you see what they did? Erdogan noted the very true fact that C-sections are far too popular. He also called for banning abortion. Reuters made it SOUND like Erdogan was calling for a ban on C-sections, because, after all, every pro-lifer must appear like a stark, raving lunatic.
Do you interrrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake?
I don’t know what you mean. Which enemy? Reuters? What mistake are you referring to?
Turkey. If they want to ban c-sections and get the media to push up the abortion rather then down, that’s not exactly a good thing is it.
abortion rate: 28 per 1,000
birth rate: 20 per 1,000.
Wow, worldwide people are aborting more children then are being born.
Turkey is pushing the abortion rate DOWN, and urging restraint but NOT banning C-sections.