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Iranian parliament bans vasectomies in bid to boost birth rate

Published on Aug 11, 2014 9:01 PM
An Iranian man and woman sit under a mural bearing the image of the Kaaba of Mecca and Dome of the Rock of Jerusalem at Palestine square in Tehran on July 25, 2014 to mark Quds (Jerusalem) Day. PHOTO: AFP

DUBAI (REUTERS) - Iran's parliament has voted to ban permanent forms of contraception, the state news agency IRNA reported, endorsing the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's call for measures to increase the population.

The bill, banning vasectomies and similar procedures in women, is parliament's response to a decree Ayatollah Khamenei issued in May calling for more babies to "strengthen national identity"and counter "undesirable aspects of Western lifestyles".

Doctors who violate the ban will be punishable by law, the ISNA news agency reported.

The bill, approved by 143 out of 231 members present in parliament, according to IRNA, also bans the advertising of birth control in a country where condoms had been widely available and family planning considered entirely normal.

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