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In Iran, Forms of Birth Control Might Get You 2 or 5 Years in Prison

As I have said before, one of the very few successful programs of the Islamic Regime was its birth control policy, but last year for some unfathomable reason, they completely changed course. The Supreme Leader actually apologized that there was a family planning program and said we need a country of at least 150,000,000 people. We already have an unemployment crisis, and a water crisis, and this all seems disastrous. Now something funny has happened in Iran’s parliament yesterday which takes this new policy into a ridiculously absurd extreme.

A bill outlawing multiple forms of birth control such has passed a first reading in Iran’s parliament, which means it’s only two steps away from becoming a law. The bill bans sterilization, vasectomies, tubal ligation, and abortion, unless they are authorized (there’s already a law for abortion, but they’re passing the same law again, and they passed a law about alcohol trafficking that was there already again, so it seems this folly has becoming a trend). People can be punished two to five years in prison for non-authorized operations.

The law doesn’t specify who gets punished though. The doctor? The patient? Both? Utterly vague.

Before that they had decided to give money to parents for each birth.

I don’t fathom the reason for this. They say they are afraid of aging population, but as I’ve said, we can’t accommodate this population already. Plus, people can’t afford babies. All people my age still live with their parents, schooling and other expenses are now borderline impossible. Plus Tehran already houses much more people than its real capacity. There’s no way this is economically feasible. I’ve never seen pundits and economists agree with such a consensus on any issue. So don’t make the mistake of thinking Iran is in some Japan situation. We’re in a massive overpopulation crisis already.

I have a theory though. Maybe they know that middle-class, educated people are reformist minded and impossible to heed by such laws, and that poor people cannot simply afford more children, so the only people who will abide by this new policy are regime supporters, so maybe they will give birth to people loyal to the regime?

Are they seriously trying to out-fuck us into minority? Hopefully my conjecture is wrong.

Comments

  1. Snoof says

    If a rule is impossible to comply with, then everyone is a rule-breaker.
    If everyone is a rule-breaker, then the authorities have “justification” for harassing, arresting or imprisoning (or worse) anyone they want.

    It’s a pretty common tactic in strongly authoritarian systems.

  2. says

    Can Rouhani do anything about this? It’s hard to imagine a more fundamental intrusion into personal freedom than interfering with people’s right to control their reproduction.

    • Kaveh Mousavi says

      No. When the Supreme Leader expresses his support for a policy in such a strong language, Rouhani cannot disobey. His administration is enacting the new policies.

  3. says

    so the only people who will abide by this new policy are regime supporters, so maybe they will give birth to people loyal to the regime?

    Well, that’s where people like you come in. Here in the US, the most religious people have the highest birth rates, yet the number of non-religious people increases year by year. We are de-converting them faster than they can breed them.

  4. ianeymeaney says

    Land area of Iran: 1.6 million sq km
    Land area of USA: 9.1 million sq km

    They want to put half the population of the US into 1/6 the area, with much less arable land and huge unemployment already? So they are actively campaigning for mass starvation and an even worse economy? Did I miss something here?

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