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Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday he considered abortion as "murder." "I am a prime minister who is against Caesarean births. I consider abortion as murder," Erdogan was quoted as saying by the Anatolia news agency.

Erdogan further stated that "every abortion is Uludere", referring to the botched air raid that had claimed 34 lives.

"Nobody should have the right to allow this. You either kill a baby in mother's womb or you kill it after birth. There's no difference." In Turkey, abortion is legal during the first 10 weeks of pregrancy. The woman's consent is required but if the woman is married, the husband's consent is also required.

Erdogan, whose governing Justice and Development Party takes its roots from Islam, has repeatedly called on women to have at least three children. In 2004, Erdogan's government backed a law criminalising adultery but later abandoned it after intense pressure from the European Union.

May/26/2012

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Tekion Particle

5/27/2012 9:40:20 PM

Unfortunately, it is very easy to criticize people who have to make very difficult decisions like aborting a pregnancy. What is Mr Erdogan offering while he is criticizing? More education on sexual matters? how to avoid getting pregnant? More family planing clinics? Free condoms? None of the above? I thought as much.

Red Tail

5/27/2012 8:13:12 PM

Berk. Sorry for having to bring up a 101 Biology class here, but you write "an irresponsible sexual choice of the women?". Sex typically include BOTH a man and woman.

american american

5/27/2012 3:52:25 PM

koksuz, a good point. maybe erdogan should cut his teeth as romney's vp before trying to become president here.

Rimon Tree

5/27/2012 3:09:36 PM

@ Berk In the topic I agree with you, sexual relationsship is a matter of acting responsibly concerning the possibility of pregnancy and for me actually it IS murder, no way out. But I do NOT agree that you want to put all the responsibility on the women, for a pregnancy there are TWO persons necessary, didn't you know that, and both must see to it that it does not come to that ugly "interruption" instead of taking care by prevention. And - leave religion out of the game, this is humanity!

Nuri Gotham

5/27/2012 2:28:33 PM

The PM's unfortunate comment says ; Abortion is a murder = Uludere is a murder. So is the killing of the language and culture of Kurds. Who are the murderers ?

lin lin

5/27/2012 12:59:56 PM

From PM.'s own words; "Abortion is murder" and also "Abortion is Uludere" This simple equation makes Uludere a murder of unwanted children. what a shame explanation!

Rudi Spermon

5/27/2012 7:12:55 AM

I agree with most of the comments, apart from Vangelis's. So what is this man still doing here as PM? Yesterday in class I asked a student" which is the best political party in your country", being a well educated student the answer was: "We have none". I'm sorry to hear this because I love this country but instead of going forward it's rapidly going backwards. Definitely agree with most of you and as Stephen Brunette says: He works for you, not the other way around.

Berk Özmeral

5/27/2012 6:58:06 AM

I don't support abortion unless the pregnancy was the result of rape. Why should the fetus have to be held responsible for an irresponsible sexual choice of the women? She can always put the baby up for adoption instead of ending its life

Köksüz Kosmopolit

5/27/2012 4:13:05 AM

Reading this, I suddenly see a solution to Turkey's problems: RTE must become an American GOP politician! (Essentially he already is one; he just lives too far to the east.) "Senator Erdoğan of Pennsylvania" sounds appropriate, doesn't it?

parwez ahmed

5/27/2012 3:13:14 AM

hello mr.pm all muslims are agree with you. allah bless and protect you from all enemies.
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