Iran's parliament bans permanent birth control methods
In an attempt to promote population growth, Iran’s parliament recently voted to ban female sterilization and vasectomies, except in urgent health risk cases. The law also bans birth control advertisements in media. The law still must be approved in accordance with Islamic Law by religious leaders, but that is considered a formality, according to Rothna Begum, Women’s Rights researcher on the Middle East and North Africa for Human Rights Watch. She says the law is part of a larger movement to keep Iranian women in more traditional roles. Begum will tell us what this could mean for Iranian women.
(photo: An Iranian couple enjoy their time at the Tochal mountainous area, at the northern part of the capital of Tehran, Iran. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi))