Jul 1, 2014, 3:04 PM
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MP: Contraception a personal decision

Tehran, July 1, IRNA - Iran's plan to increase fertility rate has been misunderstood, as Majlis is not against birth control, said Abbas Salahi, a member of parliament.

"While illegal abortions are still prohibited in Iran, vasectomy and tubectomy surgeries are not banned, since the decision to opt for such surgeries is totally personal," he said.

Salahi, who is also a member of Majlis Social Commission, stressed that couples can decide to have a few or more child, according to Wednesday edition of Iran Daily.

“Certain people have publicized Iran's bill for increasing population in a wrong manner to provoke misconception and anger in society,” he said.

"Couples who do not want to have more babies could undergo vasectomy or tubectomy without fear of being punished."

The lawmaker explained that Iran's bill to increase fertility aims to encourage people to have more babies and is not intended to threaten or punish citizens.

"The bill does not include any discussion on punishment or threats or things like ‘people undergoing birth-control surgeries could face jail sentence’,” he said.

Touran Vali-Morad, secretary of Islamic Women's Coalition, said whether or not to undergo birth-control surgeries is a totally private matter and personal boundaries cannot be violated by laws and regulations.

"Every human being has the right to choose and is responsible for his/her own deeds," she said.

She called for more studies to find the causes of low birthrate in Iran.

The official said living in insecure families is the main reason behind the sharp decline in Iran's population.

"Rising marriage age, immigration of people of marriageable age, drug addiction and divorce rates are other causes of low population growth in Iran," she said.

Vali-Morad said youths witnessing daily conflicts in their families usually dislike marriage.

"Solving economic problems, teaching youths to have constructive relationships and becoming more responsible will help increase marriage and fertility rates in the country," she said.

Vali-Morad concluded that youths today give more importance to their own recreational activities, wellbeing and happiness compared to their sense of responsibility.