Do Not Allow Abortion Restrictions in Turkey

Target: Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Goal: Stop legislation in Turkey that will make it more difficult for women to receive an abortion.

The Turkish Prime Minister is asking for legislation that will severely restrict abortion rights, stripping a woman of her basic right to choose. The new legislation will only allow abortions for medical reasons and within eight weeks of conception. Sign this petition, demanding the prime minister of Turkey not pass this legislation into law.

Current law in Turkey allows women to receive an abortion with “spousal authorization” up to ten weeks after conception and at any point without authorization if it is for medical reasons. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s legislation will allow abortions only for medical reasons and within eight weeks of conception. These changes make it impossible for most women to have a choice and risks many lives by not allowing abortions later in pregnancy. Prime Minister Erdogan recently likened abortion to murder saying, “There’s no difference between killing a fetus in the mother’s womb and killing someone after birth.” Opposition says the prime minister is diverting attention from disputes over the killing of 34 civilians during a military airstrike against Kurdish rebels, which he compared to abortions.

The abortion rates in Turkey are low, being 14.8 abortions for every 1,000 women compared to 28 abortions per 1,000 worldwide. The prime minister’s attempts to divert attention is restricting choice and risking women’s lives. Sign this petition and don’t allow the prime minister to take away a woman’s basic right to choose for herself during pregnancy.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan,

You called for legislation that will restrict abortions even more than they are already are limited. Currently in Turkey, women can receive an abortions with “spousal authorization” up to ten weeks after conception and at any point without authorization if it is for medical reasons. The new legislation will severely restrict women’s rights and will limit abortions only for medical reasons and within eight weeks of conception. I am writing asking you not to take this measure any further through legislation.

The abortion rates in Turkey are low, being 14.8 abortions for every 1,000 women compared to 28 abortions per 1,000 worldwide. Opposition says you are trying to divert attention from an investigation into the killing of 34 civilians during a military airstrike against Kurdish rebels. It is wrong to limit a woman’s rights for personal reasons. Please stop this injustice and do not restrict abortion rights in Turkey.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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