‘Abortions are like air strikes on civilians’: Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s rant sparks women’s rage

Turquie – <span class="storyTop ">The Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has sparked a furious response from women&#39;s rights activists after comparing abortions to botched air strikes that last year killed of scores of Kurdish civilians.</span>Turkish law sanctions abortions within 10 weeks from conception. But Mr Erdogan has publicly voiced his opposition, comparing them to &quot;murder&quot;.<br />
The comments were condemned by women&#39;s rights activists and opposition MPs. Safak Pavey, an opposition MP from the Republican People&#39;s Party, said Mr Erdogan had made similar statements in 2005, when he accused the EU of promoting birth control in Turkey in order to lower the population. &quot;Paranoia is really working for him at a time when all these human rights violations are happening,&quot; Ms Pavey said. &quot;I don&#39;t think he cares at all about Uludere or abortion or Caesarean sections.&quot;<br />
On Sunday, dozens of women demonstrated in Istanbul, carrying banners reading, &quot;Is the right to abortion the prime minister&#39;s business?&quot; and &quot;It&#39;s our womb, we have Caesarean delivery or abortion,&quot; according to Agence France-Presse (AFP). <a href="http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/abortions-are-like-air-strikes-on-civilians-turkish-pm-recep-tayyip-erdogans-rant-sparks-womens-rage-7800939.html" target="_blank">Lire la suite</a></p>