World Bulletin / News Desk
According to a new law passed in Turkish Parliament on Wednesday, caesarean births can now only be carried out in cases of medical necessity in Turkey.
The Health Ministry's recent release of statistics on Caesarean births in Turkey has sparked a debate on the topic. In May of 2012 Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said he is against Caesarean births and considers abortion a crime, shortly after which the new law was passed in order to reduce the number of births by C-section in Turkey.
The rate of C-section births in 2009 was 39.3 percent for public hospitals, 61.8 percent for private hospitals and 63.2 percent for university hospitals. In 2010 these rates increased to 40.2 percent, 63.7 percent and 65.2 percent, respectively. By 2011 rates stood at 36.8 percent of all deliveries in public hospitals, 66.6 percent in private hospitals and 65.9 percent in university hospitals, indicating a gradual increase in C-sections.
Rocket fire on Kilis province will not be left unanswered, says President Erdogan
UN Population Fund Turkey Representative Kulessa says country is working hard to shelter some 3 million refugees
'We are ready to take all measures that we need, both inside Turkey and outside, to provide for our own security,' PM Davutoglu says
Turkey believes Bosnia can be a major production base, for the European market, and for Chinese investment, says deputy PM
Ahmet Davutoglu says terror group failed to honor committments during 'solution process'
ISIL has launched two more devices at Kilis on Wednesday, prompting artillery fire from Turkish forces
Domestic papers cover major anti-fraud operation which saw over 100 people – including pharmacists, medics and nurses – held
More than 30 journalists call for release of colleagues detained by Egyptian police
A new Turkish Airlines air route will have flights will run three times a week
Latest bombardment marks almost a week of indiscriminate attacks on border city
In response to ISIL rocket attacks on Kilis, southern Turkey, Turkish forces target armed group in northern Syria
With its forecasted 3.5 percent performance, Turkey estimated to grow more than most EU countries
A total of 820 suspects have been detained in nationwide operations
Changes will come into force after EU accepts visa-free travel for Turkish citizens