New law to increase the birth rate in Iran threatens women’s rights
From Jaime Leon
Tehran, November 26th (EFE) .- Iran has seen one of the most dramatic declines in the birth rate in recent history, and in order to increase the birth rate, the regime has commissioned a new law that human rights defenders have been strongly criticized for for defying the rights who undermines women.
Iran’s top leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has described the measure as a “strategic goal” to combat falling population growth.
Birth rates have long been a political cornerstone of the Iranian regime.
In 1979 the founder of the Iranian Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khamenei, ruled family planning against Islam and flooded the streets of cities and villages with pictures of families with seven children.
But a social backlash forced the government to turn around, and in 1989 contraceptive use was deemed acceptable and schools began offering sex education.
Then family pictures were supplemented by two children and the use of contraceptives was no longer viewed as anti-Islamic.
Between 1989 and 2003 the population grew from 3.2% to 1.2% and the average number of children per household increased from six to three.
Birth rates have continued to fall and currently the country has stunted population growth of 1.7% and an average of 1.6 children per woman.