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Iran Antinatalist

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Iranian Population Control
• In 1989, Iran instituted a national family planning program to ease the large population's burden on the country's economy. The plan encouraged women to limit family size to three children, as well as to wait three to four years between pregnancies. The government covers 80 percent of family planning costs. Due to Iran's population-control efforts, the population growth rate has dramatically declined in the last two decades.



Antinatalist: The policy of the government to slow the population growth by attempting to limit the number of births

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad inaugurated a new policy on Tuesday to encourage population growth, dismissing Iran's decades of family planning as ungodly and a Western import.

The new government initiative will pay families for every new child and deposit money into the newborn's bank account until they reach 18, effectively rolling back years of efforts to boost the economy by reducing the country's runaway population growth.

"Those who raise idea of family planning, they are thinking in the realm of the secular world," Ahmadinejad said during the inauguration ceremony.
Iran can feed up to 150 million Iranians:Ahmadinejad
The plan is part of Ahmadinejad's stated commitment to further increase Iran's population, which is already estimated at 75 million. He has previously said the country could feed up to 150 million.

The program would be especially attractive to the lower income segments of the population who supported Ahmadinejad in the 2005 and 2009 elections.

Throughout his tenure, the president has promoted populist policies in Iran, where 10 million people are estimated to live under the poverty line.

It is unclear, however, where the funds would come from as the government is already having trouble paying for basic infrastructure projects.
Newborns to be paid annually until they hit 18
Starting in the early 1970s, Iran waged a successful family planning campaign across...

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