New legislation puts more restrictions on already limited abortions, outlaws voluntary sterilisations and discourages contraceptives.
By Maziar Motamedi
Published On 16 Nov 2021
Tehran, Iran – Leading United Nations experts have called on Iran to repeal a newly implemented law that they say violates women’s human rights under international law.
The Youthful Population and Protection of the Family law came into effect on Monday in an effort to encourage higher childbirth rates as Iran faces a looming crisis due to its ageing population. Supreme Leader Ali Hosseini Khamenei has long supported the idea of increasing Iran’s current population of about 85 million by tens of millions over the coming decades.