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June 03, 2012, Sunday

Abortion debate

Turkey is continuing to debate abortion, which was brought to the fore by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan last week due to the alarming increase in the number of abortions in the country.

Erdoğan described every abortion as murder and revealed government plans to craft a bill on the practice, which is currently legal until the 10th week of pregnancy. It seems the debate on abortion will not end soon. Although the majority of the people voice opposition to abortion, there is also a group which says it should be left to the woman’s choice.

According to Yeni Şafak’s Ergun Yıldırım, killing a living baby in one’s body opens the way to more pleasure, and he thinks there is no exception to this judgment, even in the case of women who get pregnant as a result of rape. He says the number of abortions is rising significantly in Turkey and that it is becoming a routine procedure for doctors. “We are proceeding toward being an abortion society. We will soon talk about the science of abortion. Abortion is becoming routine and normal,” he says.

As for the reasons that have led to the rise in the number of women who end their pregnancy through abortion, Yıldırım says there is no sociological study on this issue for the time being and that perhaps many researchers simply do not want to study this issue because they see it as normal and not as a problem. His personal view is that abortion rates increase because people only think of physical pleasure and know no limits, not to mention all the commercials, TV series, etc. that encourage people to think this way. He says all this results in people feeling free to kill their unborn babies.

Sabah’s Engin Ardıç says he is in favor of legal amendments to restrict abortions because he thinks women having an abortion as a normal procedure is nothing short of murder. In his view, the new law on abortions should be shaped according to what science says and not what politicians say. However, he says he is against a ban on abortions because he thinks the ban could lead to the death of mothers who would try to abort their babies in unhygienic conditions while rich people will still have access to this procedure in a foreign country where abortion is legal.

Akşam’s Deniz Ülke Arıboğan thinks the debate on abortion is politically motivated and spurred by the government in an attempt to balance the population growth between the country’s east and west. “While the population is increasing rapidly in the country’s east, it has come to a standstill in the country’s west. The government is against abortion and C-sections because it sees them as an obstacle to population growth,” she explains.

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