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The Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan has raised an outcry in his country and beyond by opening a crusade against abortions and pleading for at least three children per family.
He has called upon his government to prepare appropriate legislation to ban or restrict abortions and caesarian births to strictly medical indications. Abortion, which is legal in Turkey since 1982 within 10 weeks of pregnancy, constitutes a “murder” and should therefore not be tolerated. But only about 10 per cent of pregnancies are interrupted in Turkey, one third of the European average.
One can only speculate about the motivations behind this initiative.
The most obvious is to underpin his drive for establishing Turkey as one of the principal powers in the region. But that does not require a further demographic boost. Due to its youthfulness its population will keep growing anyhow, to 86 […]

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