tisdag 30 oktober 2012

Vi skriver tillsammans till Hälsoministern i Turkiet

Honourable Minister of Health, Prof. Dr. Recep Akdag,
We, Members of the Nordic All-Party Parliamentary Groups on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in our respective Parliaments in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden want to express our concern about the recent developments in regard to women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights in Turkey.
We have been closely following the debate on sexual and reproductive health and rights in the country, particularly since some of us attended the Fifth International Parliamentarians Conference (IPCI) in Istanbul dealing with these issues in May this year. We want to thank the Turkish Parliament for the successful conference and the interesting discussions taking part there. We also want to take this opportunity to remind us all about the resolution that was signed by all the Members of Parliament attending the IPCI conference stating the importance of sexual and reproductive health and rights. We also want to recall to attention the parliamentary resolution adopted unanimously by the 126th IPU Assembly in Kampala April 2012; “Access to health as a basic right: The role of parliaments in addressing key challenges to securing the health of women and children”. These achievements bring hope for future commitments to women’s health and rights worldwide. It is therefore worrying if the Turkish government proposes a bill to restrict access to abortion for Turkish women.
We note that abortions are legal in Turkey during the first 10 weeks of pregnancy. However, presently the Ministry of Health is working on draft legislation that would allow to sentence women, who undergo an abortion after the legal 10 weeks of pregnancy up to three years in prison. The bill calls for the development of programmes to counsel against abortion and free distribution of the morning-after pill. Jailing women on the basis of abortion is unacceptable and should be seriously reconsidered. 
Women’s right to safe and legal abortion care is grounded in international and regional human rights standards. European human rights standards do not support restrictions on access to safe and legal abortion services. The 2008 Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe’s Resolution on “Access to Safe and Legal Abortion” states clearly: “The Assembly takes the view that abortion should not be banned within reasonable gestational limits. A ban on abortions does not result in fewer abortions but mainly leads to clandestine abortions, which are more traumatic and increase maternal mortality and/or lead to abortion “tourism” which is costly, and delays the timing of an abortion and results in social inequities. The lawfulness of abortion does not have an effect on a woman’s need for an abortion, but only on her access to a safe abortion.”
Nordic countries own experience has shown that respecting and protecting people’s rights to their own sexuality and providing accurate, age-specific, comprehensive sexuality education in and out of schools, high-quality sexual health services with special attention paid to youth- friendly services and providing a wide range of reasonably priced, easily accessible contraceptive methods as well as access to safe abortion services have led to good sexual health outcomes. We are therefore very concerned about this proposed infringement on women’s sexual and reproductive rights and we urge the Turkish government not to propose a bill that will be contrary to the developments made in recent years concerning decreased maternal mortality and morbidity and increased gender equality.
26 October 2012, Yours sincerely,
Members of Parliament from Denmark: Karina Adsbøl, Danish People’s Party, Liselotte Blixt, Danish People’s Party, Kirsten Brosbøl, Social Democratic Party, Benny Engelbrecht, Social Democratic Party, Magnus Heunicke, Social Democratic Party. Stine Maiken Brix, The Red - Green Alliance, Johanne Schmidt Nielsen, The Red - Green Alliance, Gitte Lillelund Bech, The Liberal Party, Lone Loklindt, Social Liberal Party
Members of Parliament from Finland: Mari Kiviniemi, Finnish Centre Party, Aila Paloniemi, Finnish Centre Party. Anneli Saarikko, Finnish Centre Party, Oras Tynkkynen, Green Party, Jani Toivola, Green Party, Chair of the Finnish All-Party Parliamentary Group on Population and Development, Annika Lapintie, Left Alliance, Eeva-Johanna Eloranta, Social Democratic Party. Tarja Filatov, Social Democratic Party, Miapetra Kumpula-Natri, Social Democratic Party, Elisabeth Naucler, Swedish Party, Åland constituency, Astrid Thors, Swedish Party
Members of Parliament from Norway: Stine Renate Håheim, Labour Party, Anna Ljunggren, Labour Party, Sonja Mandt, Labour Party, Truls Wickholm, Labour Party and leader of the APPG,
Trine Skei Grande, Liberal Party, Karin Andersen, Socialist Left Party
Members of Parliament from Sweden: Annika Qarlsson, Centre Party, Désirée Pethrus, Christian Democratic Party, Hans Linde, Left Party, Barbro Westerholm, Liberal Party, Ulrika Karlsson, Moderate Party, Chair of the Swedish All- Party Parliamentary Group on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Righs och jag Carina Hägg, Social Democratic Party