"The Prime Minister must stop behaving as if he's the guardian Turkish women's vaginas" denounced the CHP social-democratic opposition MP Aylin Nazliaka. Speaking at the AK Right Wing Islamic Conservative Party's women conference, Erdogan claimed, as quoted by the Turkish press, that "abortion is murder" and also added that he is against "caesarean birth". According to the Turkish Prime Minister, these practices are part of a plan "to impede the growth of our population". Turkey today has about 75 million people and aims to reach 80 million in the next few years. Health Minister Fatma Sahnin took sides with the PM and said that a caesarean birth "is a surgical operation, even though it seems painless, and holds risks for the mother".
Abortion in Turkey is allowed only in the first ten weeks of pregnancy. The spokesperson of the lawyers' association in Istanbul Hale Akgun stated that "abortion is by law a woman's right" and that "bringing a child to the world whom the woman cannot support causes far more damage both psychologically and economically." (ANSAmed).