Has Erdoğan signaled an abortion ban?

May 28, 2012, Monday/ 17:01:00


It is clear that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s statement that “abortion is murder” was another slip of the tongue. Today, I will focus on Erdoğan’s emphasis on the increasing number of C-sections.

This may be explained by both the existence of avaricious doctors and the tendency among women to take the easy way out when giving birth. As a matter of fact, statistical data Health Minister Recep Akdağ has cited says the World Health Organization (WHO) suggests the “ideal rate” of C-section deliveries is 15 percent, while in Turkey this rate is as high as 70 percent at some private hospitals. I think the ministry should come up with more effective solutions, such as not making insurance payments for C-section surgeries. As for the issue of abortions, Erdoğan’s anti-abortion stance is obvious; however, I don’t believe that a majority would support a ban on abortions.