THOUSANDS OF TURKISH FEMINISTS PETITION GOVT. OVER ABORTION BAN
- Thousands of feminists and activists sent a petition to several Turkish government ministries on Tuesday, June 19 to protest a bill that would ban abortions beyond the first six weeks of pregnancy, AFP reported.
"To prohibit abortion or introduce limits making it de facto impossible violates women's right to health and life," reads the petition, signed by 55,000 people and 900 organisations.
The bill is "a new display of conservative policies that do not regard women as equal" to men, it says.
The legislation proposed by the ruling Islamist-rooted Justice and Development Party (AKP) would require all abortions to take place between the fourth and sixth weeks of pregnancy, down from the current 10.
Some 50 activists rallied at the Istanbul post office where they mailed the petition, waving placards reading "AKP, Get Your Hands Off My Body" and "Abortion Is not a Crime, Banning It Is".
Secular Turkey legalised abortion for medical reasons in 1965, broadening the right in 1983 to all women in the first 10 weeks of pregnancy.
- 1861 Birth of the Norwegian Friedhof Nansen (public figure). He died in 1930 after helping countless Armenian refugees, who had survived the Armenian Genocide perpetrated by the Turks. He created the "Nansen Passport" for these stateless refugees.
- 1911 Death of Petros Simonian, national figure, publicist in Tbilisi and editor of the "Meghoo Hayastanee" periodical.
- 1918 The first Armenian delegation arrived in Constantinople to start reconciliation talks with Turkey.
- 1935 Opening of the State Historical Museum of Armenia in Yerevan.
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