A heated discussion has been ignited in the Turkish Cypriot community after the imprisonment of a young woman for having an illegal abortion.
The young Turkish Cypriot woman was imprisoned for ending her pregnancy after the 10 week period allowed under the TRNC regulations. The court found her guilty of ending her pregnancy illegally in the 17th week, as there was no health reason to justify such a deed, declared the judge.
The medical facility where the procedure was carrried out has not been prosecuted.
The case of the young woman was bought to the assembly hall with the women assembly members of the main opposition party, the Turkish Republican Party (CTP), coming down hard on the relevant regulation demanding that it changes. Dogus Derya, a leading figure of the CTP and a well-known activist for women’s rights, said in her sopeech to the assembly that she found the decision to sentence the young woman to nine months in prison a disgrace and indicates that lawmakers are influenced by the culture of male dominance.
Derya said that the decision aims to send a message to women. “A pregnancy lasts nine months. So if you have an abortion we will send you to prison for nine months,” “What, you think a woman is crazy and wants to end a pregnancy? A woman does not end a pregnancy for no reason,” said Derya
“In some countries the time period allowed for an abortion is 16 to 20 weeks,” Derya told lawmakers in the assembly and called for a change in the regulation which will comply with human rights.
In the UK and Holland 24 weeks is the upper limit in most European countries abortion is limited at 20 weeks. However, if there is a substantial risk to the woman's life or foetal abnormalities, there is no time limit.
A petition has been raised on line in support of releasing the young woman.
No matter what your attitude to abortion, no young woman should go to prison for terminating her pregnancy . It is a dreadful decision to make and no woman would make it lightly.
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