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Reproduction: Abortion: Turkey
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Voluntary abortion has been legal in Turkey since 1983. According to the Law on Population Planning of 1983, pregnancies up to the tenth week can be terminated upon request. After ten weeks, there must be a medical reason in order for an abortion to be performed. This medical reason must be confirmed by a gynecologist-obstetrician and another specialist in the related condition.

The legal documents of the Ottoman Empire indicate that people who performed abortions and patients who had abortions were subject to legal punishment. Voluntary abortion and contr…

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Oguz, N. Yasemin, “Reproduction: Abortion: Turkey”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 23 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0187e>
First published online: 2009

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