Press Roundup

Tennis games jointly organized by the Turkish Tennis Federation and the Turkish Economy Bank took place in İstanbul’s Taksim Square, where tennis nets were set up aiming to promote the game.

Bugün: “Universities are not ruled by science,” says Gazi University Professor Vedat Bilgin in the daily’s major story. Bilgin is also a columnist for the daily. Stating that universities have not been able to keep up with the progress Turkey has made in the past 10 years, Bilgin said although Turkey is among the top 20 political powers of the world with the 16th largest economy in the world, its universities are still not on the list of the world’s top 500 universities. Universities should be leading the change in the country, he said.

Akşam: “Abortion won’t end with bans; it leads poor women to alternative solutions,” read the headline of a front-page story, quoting from Rebecca Gomberts, the senior doctor behind the Women on Waves organization and known for her stance against the ban on abortions. “Banning won’t bring an end to abortions; it leads to social unfairness. The poor resort to unsafe methods, while the rich go to foreign countries to have abortions. It has been proven now that the fetus does not have any brain activity until the 24th week of pregnancy. It is no different than a brain-dead patient,” she says.

Sabah: “Thanks, sister Hülya,” said the headline of one of the front-page stories, reporting that the wife of the mayor of Samsun, Hülya Aksoy, has provided health screenings for thousands of women in Samsun, especially in rural areas. Aksoy visited villages with a team of 70 medical officials and found cysts in 1,100 women’s breasts, with seven women diagnosed with cancer. The story said the women, most of whom could not go to a hospital due to financial problems, expressed their gratitude to Aksoy.

2012-06-04