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New York Times Examines Family Planning Policies Under New Egyptian Government

“More than two years after the Egyptian uprising, the country’s new Islamist government … has remained silent about [a] crucial indicator that has surged to a 20-year high: the country’s birthrate,” the New York Times reports in an article examining Egypt’s family planning programs. “The new government of President Mohamed Morsi has continued financing for family planning programs. But health officials have taken a starkly different view of climbing birthrates, presenting the problem as one of economic management — not the size of the population,” the newspaper writes, adding, “Population experts are increasingly alarmed by the government’s silence and its lack of focus on the issue.” The New York Times discusses the history of family planning and contraception programs in Egypt, as well as the current government’s position (Fahim et al., 5/2).