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Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) is looking to ban women from having children through sperm donors abroad, daily Hürriyet reported.
 
Members of the AKP have asked that the new constitution contain guarantees ensuring “a child's right to know his or her father," therefore effectively ending the practice of Turkish women becoming pregnant through sperm donation centers outside of Turkey.
 
The package including several proposals from the ruling party would also lay the groundwork for constitutional interference in abortion on the grounds of the necessity of "the healthy continuation of the human race."
 
"The state will take the necessary precautions for the healthy continuation of the human race and its material and spiritual well-being, as well as for the protection of the children and the youth,” the AKP said in its proposal for a new constitutional article on the "Protection of the Family," which falls under the section on basic rights and freedoms.
 
If the clause is accepted as such, the state will be able to intervene in pregnancy resulting from sperm and egg donors on the grounds that the child has the right to know the identity of his or her father.
 
The clause may also further allow the state to demand the records of the father, calling for imprisonment of anyone attempting to "change or conceal the bloodline of a child."

August/03/2012

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Brit in Turkey

8/3/2012 7:23:25 PM

Presumably if the sperm is donated by a woman's husband then it is OK. It does not seem right to my old-fashioned view that women should become pregnant outside a stable relationship by whatever means. It has caused a benefits scam in the UK. But if the husband is not capable, then to use a donor is acceptable. If the PM was a woman desperate to have a child but she or her husband was faulty, than he might change his mind. I understand that the pull of motherhood in women is so strong.

Hakan Salci

8/3/2012 6:26:55 PM

@Stephen; couldn't have said it better myself. Although I disagree with abortion every woman should have the right to have one if she chooses too; if you claim true democracy in a country then it can be no other way, any attempt to ban it or introduce limitations to donors just proves you have a different agenda and not interested in democracy at all. In any case if any such law was adopted this would be futile as it will fall foul to the ECHR.

Murat

8/3/2012 6:19:06 PM

Well, it is a good thing we solved all other problems! It never fails, any and every religious conservative party eventually develops a deep interest in what happens between the legs of all women and then tries to control it.

two sides to every coin

8/3/2012 5:33:48 PM

If Erdogan had his way, no child would be born unless the parents signed an agreement that they swear to raise their child as an AKP party member.

american american

8/3/2012 4:29:09 PM

holland, i guess you have never had an abusive or molesting parent. that is good and you are lucky. sadly in this world many children do not have that luck. always 'having' to know both parents may not be a positive thing. when a couple cannot conceive due to the husband's infertility, is their future child required to know their 'father'?

Tamer Aslantas

8/3/2012 3:39:05 PM

A child is someone who belongs to a mother AND a father! Children need both figures in their lives. To all the people here commenting on democracy and equal rights should think again. In a democracy, laws were also forged and eventually accepted. Why should a law forged by the AKP and accepted by most of the people in Turkey, not be okay? We're talking about the lives of newborns. They have the right to have both parents. Most of the laws in the world come from Judaism and Christianity!

Brian Irlanda

8/3/2012 3:09:04 PM

In some states of the USA there are laws that give the child the right to know who the father is even if it was a sperm donor. It has affected the industry somewhat as a sperm donor could be liable to contribute financially to the childs upbringing. But the woman should still have the right to sperm donorship, but the child should have the right to know who both its parents are.

sam stevens

8/3/2012 2:37:25 PM

M Holland. I think you miss the point here,you seem to think this will be guarantee a child will know his father if the donor lives in Turkey. How very silly. This has more to do with wider thinking & what the AKP want is a nation of Turks. Why else do you think the PM wants women to have three children...minimum ? Think long & hard of the implications of foreign sperm ..as seen through the eyes of the AKP !

mara mcglothin

8/3/2012 2:33:26 PM

Once again the AKP is meddling into womens' personal lives and putting all kinds of moral stuff in the constituion and then ignoring the big issues, like 301 Nothing ever really changes in Turkey.! Who is surprised. What next "Moral Police" to enforce these backward new laws. And what of the woman who miscarries a baby while exercising?

JRC JRC

8/3/2012 2:22:36 PM

It's sounding more and more as though any new constitution will be little more than an AKP Policy Document, but one that covers every area of an individual's life. A country's constitution should not attempt to impose restrictions,it should enable freedoms, anything else is just political ideology.
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