Iran Population Law Restricts Women’s Access to Reproductive Care

To boost Iran’s flagging birth rates, state officials are advancing legislation limiting women’s access to contraception and abortion—a move rights groups and health experts decry as dangerous. 
The new directives include:  

  • Banning free distribution of contraceptives
  • Panels to decide abortion cases
  • Additional state benefits for families with more children
  • Mandates for state broadcasters to produce content encouraging more births and denouncing celibacy or abortion

The Quote: “Instead of resolving economic problems, [authorities] want to further interfere in our lives,” said Gouya, a woman who spoke out against the restrictions but, fearing retribution, gave only her first name.

Radio Free Europe

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