Iranian Bills Aimed At Increasing Population Growth Use Women’s Rights As ‘Political Tools’

The Lancet: Family planning in Iran
Editorial Board

“Last week, Amnesty International published a report in response to changes in Iranian law, which they say ‘pose a major threat to the human rights and fundamental freedoms of women and girls in Iran.’ … There are two bills currently under consideration. … In view of Amnesty’s report, we are alarmed by the potential damage to women and Iranian society, as women’s rights are used as political tools. Repercussions could see a worsening of nationwide poverty, inequality, and even child survival and mortality. We acknowledge the potential problems of Iran’s aging population, but these bills are not the best solution” (3/21).