Hesperus is Bosphorus

A group blog by philosophers in and from Turkey

Bio-ethics and the Turkish protests

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I’m mainly reblogging this because it links to Şerife’s article on Turkish bioethics.

Feminist Philosophers

Although the protestors in Gezi park and throughout Turkey are united by the desire for a more democratic process, as witness the numerous assemblies that have been taking place in parks everywhere in the country, there are a number of distinct issues motivating discontent – that is, there’s plenty of discrimination and infringement of rights going around, whether for the Alevis, the Kurds, the leftists, journalists, the LGBT community, or women.

One (of several) important background story as far as women’s particular motivation for participating in the protests is the ongoing, and recently revived threat on their reproductive rights. One year ago, Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan voiced his conviction that abortion was tantamount to murder, (and the result of a foreign plot to prevent the growth of Turkey) and propose that it should be made illegal. C-sections, which he had heard somewhere might…

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Written by Sandrine Berges

July 3, 2013 at 8:47 am

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