Politics Policies Pronatalism and Practice: Availability and Accessibility of Abortion and Reproductive Health Services in Turkey
Turkey has maintained liberal contraception and abortion policies since the 1980s. In 2012 the government proposed to restrict abortiona bill limiting abortion was later drafted but never passed into law. Since the proposed restriction women have reported difficulty accessing abortion services across Turkey. We aimed to better understand the current availability of abortion and reproductive health services in Istanbul and explore whether access to services has changed since 2012. In 2015 we completed 14 in-depth interviews with women and 11 semi-structured interviews with key informants. We transcribed all interviews and completed content and thematic analyses of the data. Key informants had good knowledge about the political discourse and the current abortion law. In contrast women were familiar with the political discourse but had mixed information about the current status of abortion and were unsure about the legality of their own abortions. There was consensus that access to services has become more limited in the last five years due to the political climate thus advocacy to prioritize reproductive health services and abortion care in particular in the public health system are needed. (C) 2016 Reproductive Health Matters. Published by Elsevier BV. All rights reserved.