Regarding the abortion that will be performed voluntarily, according to the Family Planning Law, which entered into force on May 24, 1983, unwanted pregnancies can be terminated voluntarily until the 10th week of the pregnancy based on the last menstruation.
However, in cases when there is a fetus anomaly, fetal death, or when the continuation of the pregnancy endangers the mother’s health, legal abortion can be performed only with a committee report up to 24th week, as the legal abortion period exceeds in pregnancies longer than 10 weeks.
The length of pregnancy is calculated based on the last menstrual bleeding and is on average 2 weeks longer than the time since the date of intercourse. The 10-week period corresponds to 2.5 months. Although the gestational age is counted from the first day of the last menstrual period, the actual gestational age is assessed during the ultrasound examination. The legal abortion period is up to the 10th week of the pregnancy assessed according to the ultrasound. Termination of healthy pregnancies older than 10 weeks is illegal. Single patients can legally terminate their pregnancy with their consent individually if they are over the age of 18. Those under the age of 18 can terminate their pregnancy with the consent of their parents. In the case of married couples, the consent of the spouse is legally required.