facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Iran bans vasectomies, tube-tying in effort to boost population

The current birth rate stands at 1.8 children per woman, lower than the 2.1 rate needed to replace the dying population.
By Aileen Graef   |   Aug. 12, 2014 at 4:07 PM   |   Comments

TEHRAN, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- In an effort to boost its population, Iran passed a law Monday banning all surgeries that permanently prevent pregnancy, including vasectomies and tube-tying.

The Islamic Republic News Agency reported that parliamentarians passed a bill that prohibits all permanent forms of birth control with the exception of cases when it's "urgently needed for health."

Doctors who violate the law will face fines based on the frequency and degree of the crime.

The current birth rate stands at 1.8 children per woman, lower than the 2.1 rate needed to replace the dying population.

Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has encouraged Iranians to try to increase the population as a way to resist "undesirable aspects of Western lifestyles."

The new policy sharply contrasts the position the country held in the 1980s when Iran subsidized birth control because the economy couldn't support its booming population.

Follow @AileenGraef and @UPI on Twitter.
Contact the Author
© 2014 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Destroyers with ballistic missile defense capability heading to Japan Destroyers with ballistic missile defense capability heading to Japan
2
American fighting with Kurds in Syria: Civilians burned in chemical attack American fighting with Kurds in Syria: Civilians burned in chemical attack
3
Texas cheer coach Ashley Zehnder faces sex charge for sleeping with a student and sending nude sexts Texas cheer coach Ashley Zehnder faces sex charge for sleeping with a student and sending nude sexts
4
GOP Rep. Don Young tussles with students over same-sex marriage and suicide GOP Rep. Don Young tussles with students over same-sex marriage and suicide
5
Boy hunter, 11, shoots rare albino deer with crossbow Boy hunter, 11, shoots rare albino deer with crossbow
Trending News
Around the Web
x
Feedback