Iran Just Put a Restriction On Women's Fertility

In order to combat the country's rapidly declining fertility rate.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

To combat the country's rapidly declining fertility rate, Iranian lawmakers have outlawed any form of "permanent contraception." That means that all surgical procedures are prohibited and punishable by fine as well as the advertisement of birth control. In a country where increasing restrictions have been enacted on women's education, these now-forbidden advertisements could have a direct impact on a woman's right to understanding her body and controlling her own choices.

Most Popular

Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, argues that the new legislation wasn't passed to undermine the power of women, but rather to prevent a potential decline in population. In the past 35 years, the average number of children for an Iranian family has fallen from 3.6 to 1.3 today. As contraceptive measures are typically used to ensure the absence of unplanned pregnancies, it's safe to assume that Iranian lawmakers hope that this will lead to a higher birth rate. Think of this as the opposite of China's much-debated "one child" law. Regardless of supposed intent, this law cuts off women's fundamental rights, and nothing is worth that sacrifice.

Photo via Getty Images

Politics
Share
Court Rules That Forcing Someone to Have Oral Sex While They're Unconscious Isn't Rape
​Wait…what??​
Obamas Twitter message for Royals
Politics
Share
The Obamas Just Got Into a Twitter Fight With Prince Harry and The Queen
The Queen wins.
Politics
Share
Hillary Clinton Made You Your Very Own #WomanCard
​Great news! Now we can all play! ​
Politics
Share
Oops: This Carly Fiorina Website Redirects to a Planned Parenthood Donation Page
​Fiorina, in case you didn't know, is no fan of Planned Parenthood.​
Politics
Share
Ted Cruz Will Reportedly Name Carly Fiorina as His Would-Be Vice President
​Fiorina is said to be his pick for a running mate in the election, should he land the GOP nomination.
Politics
Share
Donald Trump Says Hillary Clinton Would Be Losing if She Were a Man
"The only thing she's got going is the woman's card."​​
Politics
Share
One Year After the Earthquake: How Nepal Is Being Rebuilt—by Women and Girls
When the country fell apart, women stepped up. Plan International ambassador Urmila Chaudhary​ reports. ​
Politics
Share
The American Women of ISIS
Who they are, why they're joining, and what life is like once they get there.
Politics
Share
Harriet Tubman Has Been Named the New Face of the $20 Bill
It's part of a larger overhaul of the $5, $10, and $20 bills. ​​
GIF
Politics
Share
Hillary Clinton Gloriously "Booooo"s Calorie Counting
#ImWithHer