Parliament on Wednesday passed an amendment that allows C-sections "in case of medical emergencies." The measure needs approval of President Abdullah Gul to become law.
In May, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke out against cesarean births and likened abortion to "murder." His Islamic-rooted government says it is also working on bill to curb abortions despite an outcry from critics who say their plan amounts to a virtual ban.
The Parliament also banned smoking water pipes for those under 18 years old and restricted tobacco ads.