Turkish ‘Irritated Men’ To Protest Abortion Restrictions

After last Sunday’s protest of thousands of Turkish women against a proposed law that would restrict abortions, a group of Turkish men are set to join their cause this weekend. The proposed law would restrict abortions to the first 4 weeks of pregnancy, down from the 10 weeks established when Turkey legalized abortions in 1983. The group, Irritated Men, was formed in 2008 in response to violence against women. After comments by Ankara mayor Melih Gökçek — who said, “Why do babies die because of these so-called mothers? Let mothers kill themselves.” — Irritated Men decided to take up the abortion issue. “It’s not just women; men are also irritated by the government’s anti-abortion campaign, but we also should show it,” said the group’s spokesman Orhan Cerav. The group will rally on Sunday in Istanbul.