Have more children, Iranians urged
Posted on » Friday, April 30, 2010
TEHRAN: Hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad mocked Iran's award-winning
family planning policy yesterday, insisting Iranians need to have more children.
In a meeting with town council members, Ahmadinejad warned that 30 years from
now Iran will be stuck with an ageing population like in the West and the
situation will be "dangerous." "Westerners said 40 years ago 'let us control
the population'... now look at them. Their population is old and ageing,"
"Some people turned up in our country and blindly said let us do what they are
doing and said that two children are enough and also passed a law concerning
He was referring to a 1993 family planning law passed to control population
growth in Iran after the baby boom years which followed the 1979 Islamic
revolution, when Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini urged Iranians to have more
children. Iran's population grew at an annual rate of 3.2 per cent for more
than a decade from around 36 million around the time of the revolution.
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