A new round appears to have opened in the fight between religious and secular interests in Turkey. Turkish citizens took to the streets after an Islamic pundit described appearing heavily pregnant in public as immoral.
“It’s my body. It’s my decision.” Under this motto, hundreds of women – many of them very pregnant – took to the streets in Istanbul, Izmir and other Turkish cities. Non-pregnant people joined as well, with some men stuffing balloons under their shirts in a show of solidarity.
On Twitter, the protest was organized under the hashtag #direnhamile (pregnant resistance). On Facebook as well, heavily pregnant women shared photos of themselves with their large bellies.