Public Hospitals in Turkey accused of no longer practising abortion

Publié le : 14 March 2014

 The Turkish Society for Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has announced this week, in a written declaration, that public hospitals have actually stopped carrying out abortions.

Their president, Professor Demir explained that it was no longer possible to make on-line appointments as this option is not available anymore. According to the declaration, "Whereas, in theory, it can be carried out free of charge up to the 10th week of pregnancy, abortion has been removed from the system without a legal basis for doing so”.

The Health Minister, however, contradicted the information, confirming that abortions were still available up to the 10 week of pregnancy in public hospitals. In 2012, Prime Minister Erdogan denounced abortion as "murder". Following these statements, Parliament passed a law limiting the legal period for an abortion to 10 weeks and requesting sanctions for women who underwent "medically unjustified abortions" after the 10th week of pregnancy.

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