Skip to main content

Iran considers bills to boost population growth

by Futures Centre, Mar 17
2 minutes read

The Iranian parliament is considering two bills to boost birth rates and prevent population decline by outlawing voluntary sterilisation and restricting access to contraceptives. 


If ratified, the bills would reverse a progressive birth control programme that Iran has implemented over two decades. It included subsidised vasectomies, free condoms and affordable contraceptives, as well as countrywide education on sexual health and family planning.

In October 2014, Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ali Hosseini Khamenei, expressed concerns that Iran would face an ageing population, but critics say his concerns are unfounded, with 70% of the country’s 77 million people under the age of 35. Khamenei added that Iran has the capacity to almost double its population size, envisioning “at least 150 million people, if not more”.

Amnesty International reports that one bill seeks to increase fertility rates and prevent population decline will ban all surgeries intended for permanent contraception, except in cases in which there are threats to physical health, with harsh punishments for doctors involved in contraceptive surgeries. The legislation will also slash state funding for birth control programmes. 

The other proposed legislation, the comprehensive population and exaltation of family bill, “instructs all private and public entities to prioritise, in sequence, men with children, married men without children and married women with children when hiring for certain jobs”. The bill will also tighten the divorce laws, which are already heavily in favour of men.

Image: Shahrokh Dabiri/Flickr


  • Other Tags:
by Futures Centre Spotted 1994 signals

Have you spotted a signal of change?

Register to receive the latest from the Futures Centre.
Sign up

  • 0
  • Share

Related signals

Our use of cookies

We use necessary cookies to make our site work. We'd also like to set optional analytics cookies to help us improve it. We won't set optional cookies unless you enable them. Using this tool will set a cookie on your device to remember your preferences.

For more detailed information about the cookies we use, see our Cookies page.

Necessary cookies

Necessary cookies enable core functionality such as security, network management, and accessibility. You may disable these by changing your browser settings, but this may affect how the website functions.

Analytics cookies

We'd like to set Google Analytics cookies to help us to improve our website by collecting and reporting information on how you use it. The cookies collect information in a way that does not directly identify anyone. For more information on how these cookies work, please see our 'Cookies page'.