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DEMONSTRATION AGAINST ABORTION BAN!

6 Sep

“Do not punish the woman who is exposed to rape, do punish the rapist! Let’s shorten up the procedures to protect women from painful processes of unwanted pregnancy.”

We invite all women to come to Taksim Square this Saturday, September 8th, at 1 p.m.!

Shout out your statement, give it to the public!

MOBILISE FOR ACCESS SAFE AND LEGAL ABORTION!

6 Sep

In commemoration of September 28 – The Global Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion and in solidarity with the September 28 Campaign for Decriminalisation of Abortion in Latin America and the Caribbean, the Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights calls on her members, partners, allies, other SRHR advocates, individuals and communities dedicated to promoting women’s reproductive freedoms everywhere to mobilise for women’s right to access safe and legal abortion!

Every woman has the right to life, dignity, bodily integrity, personal liberty, privacy,  self-determination, the highest level of reproductive health, and the right to live free from violence and discrimination. In countries where abortion is criminalised or otherwise restricted by laws, economic, physical, and cultural barriers, women are systematically denied their basic human rights.

For more information see here.

DEMONSTRATION TODAY!

28 Jun

Attention, Attention!!

We will all meet today at 8pm in front of Galata Sarayi for the next protest for our right to abortion.

We also raise our voice against the compulsory registration of pregnant women.

SATURDAY PLATFORM-MEETING

22 Jun

This Saturday, the 23th of June at 2:00 pm all women are invited to meet and discuss the demands about the abortion rights. These common claims will be directly submitted to the Turkish government by our own representatives, because women organisations are invited to a meeting initiated by the government.

We will meet at:

TMMOB/Makina Muh. Od. 

İpek sok./Taksim

NEWS FROM ABORTION PROTEST

22 Jun

This week the ministre of healthcare and the ministre of family and social politics announced that there will be no change in the abortion right respective the 10 weeks regulation. But cesarean will only be allowed in case of medical emergency.

Unfurtunately these are not yet the final decisions, so we have to wait until monday when the official statement will be delivered.

PETITION SENT TO GOVERNMENT

22 Jun

Last Tuesday on 19th of June, the platform of abortion protest and other women organizations met in front of the post office in order to send the petition to the government. It was signed by 680 Turkish NGO’s, 221 women organizations from 50 different countries and more than 55.000 individuals!

Women read the press statement saying that abortion is not a murder but to ban abortion is murder!

NEXT DEMONSTRATION ON THE 17th JUNE AT 4PM

14 Jun

One more big synchronous demonstration will happen in İstanbul, Ankara and İzmir.

We will meet with all women at 4pm at Pangaltı Metro Exit!

We are walking, because abortion is a right and the decision of the women.

We are coming from different parts of Turkey to unit our voices not to let them take our rights.

Turkish Society’s Views on Abortion since 1990

14 Jun

Support for the right to abortion has declined considerably in Turkey since 1990, according to a public opinion survey published by Istanbul’s Bahçeşehir University. Religion, education and ideology constitute the main indicators that influence an individual’s stance on abortion.

The “Turkish and European Public on Abortion 1990-2011” opinion survey published on May 29, 2012 by Bahçeşehir University’s Center for Economic and Social Research (BETAM) indicates that support for the right to abortion has progressively declined in Turkey since 1990.

The report prepared by Prof. Yılmaz Esmer was based on the “World and European Values Surveys” in 1990, 2001 and 2008 and reflected the respondents’ views on abortion under different circumstances, such as when “the mother’s life is in danger,” when there is “a high probability of a birth defect,” when the “mother is unmarried,” and when a “married couple do not want additional children.”

83 percent support for abortion in 1990

Support for the right to abortion was conspicously high in 1990 when Turkey participated in the World Values Survey for the first time:

*83 percent supported abortion in cases when the mother’s life was imperiled.

*76 percent backed abortion when there was a high probability of a birth defect.

*65 percent favored the right to abortion when the mother was unwed.

*61 percent supported it when a married couple did not want to have any additional children.

Leading determinants: Education, faith, ideology

The rate of support for abortion in cases when married couples do not want additional children stood at its lowest among survey participants who have not completed primary school, with only 23 in favor, while the same rate rose to 28 percent among primary school graduates, to 36 percent among secondary and high school graduates and up to 44 percent among university graduates.

The following conclusions thus appeared in the report:

*There is a strong correlation between levels of education and the stance on abortion. As education levels rise, support for the right to abortion increases markedly.

*Support for abortion as an alternative method of birth control is lower than half even among the most-educated, according to data from 2008. If the mother is unwed, however, then roughly half of the most-educated approve of abortion.

*Support for abortion as an alternative method of birth control falls to the degree that religion is important for an individual.

*As the significance of god in an individual’s life increases, support for abortion falls accordingly.

*As an individual’s political ideology leans from the left to the right, support for abortion decreases consequentially.

URGENT: SAY NO ABORTION BAN – PETITION

7 Jun

Only two days left: Please sign this petition for women’s solidarity!

Here you can sign it. 

 

TO THE POLICIES OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND THE GOVERNMENT OF TURKEY THAT TARGET GENDER EQUALITY, WOMEN’S BODIES, REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS, AND SEXUALITY, OUR RESPONSE IS A RESOUNDING “NO!”

We demand that the process to ban abortion be ceased IMMEDIATELY!

Banning abortion or further limiting the duration and conditions under which it can be performed;

  • Violates women’s human right to health and life!
  • Violates women’s human right to make decisions about their own sexual and reproductive health and rights!
  • Constitutes yet another manifestation of the conservative politics that does not view women as equal individuals!

Prime Minister Erdogan’s statements in the last week of May 2012 have revealed that plans to ban abortion have been underway for some time now. Experience from the global arena illustrates that this lethal attempt, which has no scientific backing, will not reduce abortion rates; instead it will only lead to unsafe abortions and increase maternal mortality.

ABORTION IS NOT MURDER, BUT BANNING ABORTION IS!

FREELY CHOSEN SAFE ABORTION IS A WOMAN’S RIGHT TO LIFE; IT CANNOT BE RESTRICTED, IT CANNOT BE BANNED!

According to data from the World Health Organization, tens of thousands of women across the world die every year as a result of unsafe abortions. In Turkey, establishing the legal grounds for women to end unwanted pregnancies on demand has contributed to the decrease in maternal mortality, which dropped from 250 to 28 in every 100,000 live births from the 1970s to the mid-2000s. There is no data indicating that abortion is on the rise in Turkey; on the contrary, while 18 pregnancies out of 100 ended in abortion in 1993, this ratio was down to 10 percent in 2008. In an era where 26 countries have taken steps to remove obstacles that hinder access to abortion between 1994 and 2011, efforts to ban or restrict it in Turkey are unacceptable. Restricting the right to access safe abortion services and making them available only when required by medical conditions or instances of rape works to marginalize women’s fundamental bodily and sexual rights, and reduces the enjoyment of this right to circumstances of necessity.

We object to risking women’s rights to health and life by restricting or banning abortion instead of encouraging free, easily accessible, high quality birth control methods. Abortion is not only a freedom of choice, but a vital social right. The right to abortion that is on demand, free-of-charge, accessible, safe, and legal, is also a right to life. Forcing women to take life-threatening risks is nothing short of murder.

THE RIGHT TO SAFE ABORTION IS AN INDIVISIBLE PART OF WOMEN’S RIGHTS TO MAKE DECISIONS ABOUT THEIR BODILY AND REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS!

Women’s right to sexual and reproductive health includes having control over their own bodies and access to safe abortion; limiting these rights is an open violation of fundamental human rights and women’s human rights. In accordance with its domestic legislation and the international conventions it is party to, Turkey is under obligation to provide adequate, comprehensive, and accessible sexual and reproductive health services. In Turkey, child marriages, forced marriages, women’s murders, rapes, and morality-based repression mechanisms have all become normalized. The responsibility for birth control has been left primarily to women. However, in a country where contraceptives are not easily accessible, withdrawal is the most prevalent form of birth control, female employment rates continue to drop and female poverty is rapidly increasing, restricting or banning women’s right to on demand pregnancy termination is an act of blatant discrimination that will push women to seek unsafe abortions.

WE REJECT THE ATTACKS ON HUMAN RIGHTS THROUGH MILITARIST AND DISCRIMINATORY DISCOURSES AND PRACTICES!

By saying “Every abortion is an Uludere,” PM Erdogan equated women’s enjoyment of their bodily rights with killing people in a bombardment attack. This is a discriminatory and militarist statement that calls to question the human rights of both Kurds and women, whereas the primary responsibility of any state should be to ensure its citizens lead a decent life, and to guarantee equal rights and freedoms to all.

According to Article 16.1.e of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women-to which Turkey is a proud signatory-women have the right to “decide freely and responsibly on the number and spacing of their children.” The current governmental initiative to ban abortion is simply another manifestation of the ongoing misogynist mentality that ignores women’s right to make decisions on matters that concern their bodies, sees women’s primary reason for existence as the continuation of the species, and constructs neoliberal population policies based on women’s bodies.

A decision to ban abortion will constitute an open violation of the right to life for millions of women, and the right to live with dignity for men, women, and children alike.

We, the undersigned organizations, demand that the process initiated to ban abortion and the politics of the Prime Minister and the Government of Turkey that target women’s bodies be ceased IMMEDIATELY!!

ABORTION DEMONSTRATION 08. JUNE

7 Jun

Tomorrow, there will be a demonstration for the right for abortion in cities all over Turkey at the same time.

The women who will join the protest want to say that “abortion is a right, the decision belongs to women.”

In Istanbul we will meet in front of Galatasaray in Istiklal at 8 p.m and make a skype connection with the  protests of the other cities.

Come with your blanket and join our sit-in!