July 6, 2012 — Turkey's Parliament on Wednesday passed an amendment that would prohibit doctors from performing caesareans sections except "in case of medical emergencies," the AP/Washington Post reports. Turkish President Abdullah Gul would need to sign the bill for it to become law.
The move comes amid claims by the government that doctors sometimes perform unnecessary c-sections to earn more money. In May, the country's prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, spoke out against the procedure.
Erdogan also called for more restrictions on abortion, which he compared to "murder." His party proposed a bill to limit abortion, which critics called a virtual ban on the procedure (AP/Washington Post, 7/4).
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