7 April 2010 E-2111/10 WRITTEN QUESTION by Marietje Schaake (ALDE) , Alexander Graf Lambsdorff (ALDE) and Sophia in ’t Veld (ALDE) to the Council Subject: Reproductive rights in Turkey and abroad Recently (6 March 2010) the Ministry of Health in Turkey announced a law change that would allow punishment of women who travel abroad, including to Europe, for artificial insemination. This change in the law was not debated or voted on in the Turkish Grand National Assembly. Artificial insemination is officially illegal in Turkey. However, until now women were able to travel abroad to receive in vitro fertilisation (IVF). With the new law, a punishment of one to three years in prison can be invoked for women travelling abroad for IVF. According to women's rights groups, this recent development severely sets back the progress that has been made in recent years to allow women autonomy over their body, sexuality and reproductive rights. (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8568733.stm). 1. What is the Council's view on this recent change in the law? 2. Does the Council consider that this change in Turkish law will lead to further divergence from European standards? 3. Is the Council willing to address this issue with the Turkish Government? If not, why not? Please find the answer here.