Turkish government yanks license of company offering ‘abortion tours’

The company offered a four-day abortion escape package, in case Turkey outlawed abortion.
Tue Aug 7, 2012 - 9:19 am EST

ANKARA, August 7, 2012, ( –  The government of Turkey has rescinded the license of a company that offered “abortion tours” to women afraid the government would make the procedure illegal.

The nation’s Ministry of Culture has canceled the license of Baracuda Tur, a tourism company that offered a four-day getaway package that allowed Turkish women to do sight-seeing before obtaining an abortion overseas.


The company advertises ‘abortion tours’ to Northern Cyprus, which is controlled by Turks, as well as Crimea, Bosnia, and London. A trip to Cyprus costs just 299 euros ($370 U.S.)

Turkey’s Hürriyet Daily News explained, “Customers will spend the first day of their abortion tour sight-seeing in their destination of choice before undergoing the medical operation the following day and recuperating on the third and fourth day of the tour.” 

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The company said it had already sold 16 tours, mostly to women from Istanbul.

The company had been capitalizing on fears the nation’s government would outlaw or further restrict abortion-on-demand.

In May, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan described abortion as “murder” and linked it to an international population control agenda.

“No one should have the right to authorize it,” he said. “Whether you kill the baby within the womb of his mother, or kill him after his birth, there’s no difference,” 

However, in June the government dropped a proposal to restrict abortion to the first four or five weeks, rather than the current ten weeks. 


  cyprus, european court of human rights, turkey

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