Monday, August 11, 2014
Iran's Parliament Votes to Ban Permanent Forms of Contraception
The Guardian: Iran bans permanent contraception to boost population growth:
Parliament prohibits vasectomies and other lasting birth control measures after Ayatollah Ali Khamenei calls for more babies
Iran's parliament has voted to ban permanent forms of contraception, the state news agency IRNA reported, endorsing the supreme leaderAyatollah Ali Khamenei's call for more babies to be born.
The bill, banning vasectomies and similar procedures in women, is parliament's response to a decree Khamenei issued in May to increase the population to "strengthen national identity" and counter "undesirable aspects of western lifestyles".
Doctors who violate the ban will be punished, the IRNA reported. . . .