TURKEY – Refusal of access to legal abortion is a human rights violation: Constitutional Court

Turkey’s Constitutional Court has ruled that a young woman’s rights were violated when she was denied an abortion for a pregnancy that was the result of sexual assault. The 17-year-old became pregnant as a result of sexual assault in 2017 and her family reported the perpetrator, according to the evidence presented to the Constitutional Court. The family also demanded the termination of the unwanted pregnancy. However, no abortion decision was issued after the application went … Continued

STOP PRESS! POLAND & TURKEY – Demonstrations against Polish decision to leave the Istanbul Convention

The Polish government has announced its intention to withdraw from the Istanbul Convention, the most comprehensive international treaty on violence against women. Thousands of women protested at the move in cities across Poland on 25 July 2020.

TURKEY – Health professionals slam government demand for names of women who have had abortions as part of “terror investigations”

Istanbul’s Provincial Directorate of Security has demanded the names of all the women who had abortions in Istanbul between January 2017 and May 2019 as part of “terror investigations” by September 13. The letter was sent to every public and private hospital across the city. They also demanded the names of all women aged 30-40 treated for polycystic ovary syndrome. They claimed the information was necessary as part of ongoing investigations into membership of armed … Continued

TURKEY – De facto abortion ban means women face dangerous conditions to obtain abortion

“I thought I’d go to some sort of hospital. But instead, it was an apartment on the second floor of a three-story building. A man with a cigarette in hand opened the door. I entered an apartment with a living room and kitchen. The bathroom in what apparently was the parents’ bedroom had been converted into an abortion room. The operating table was filthy and covered in blood.” Turkish law states: “Until the end of … Continued

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