Beyond Islamic versus secular framing: a critical analysis of reproductive rights debates in Turkey
Frank, Ana and Çelik, Ayşe Betül (2017) Beyond Islamic versus secular framing: a critical analysis of reproductive rights debates in Turkey. Journal of Middle East Women's Studies, 13 (2). pp. 195-218. ISSN 1552-5864 (Print) 1558-9579 (Online)
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Reproductive rights are shaped by different political ideologies and remain a hotly contested policy issue in most parts of the world. In Turkey the disputes concerning these rights have grown since 2002, when a conservative government assumed power. Analyzing how both governmental and civil society actors have discussed and framed reproductive policies primarily in reference to religion since the ascension of the Adalet ve Kalkinma Partisi (Justice and Development Party; AKP), this article focuses on debates that took place in 2012 about abortion and caesarean birth. The critical discourse and frame analysis, based on online speeches and media articles of these actors from November 2002 through 2014, reveal a remarkable diversity both in the interpretation of Islamic teachings and in a group of actors with similar ideological orientation. The article concludes by arguing for the need to move beyond the Islamic versus secular divide and to denaturalize and dehomogenize the role of religion in the public sphere.
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