Iran Bans Permanent Forms of Contraception and Advertising of Birth Control

Ali_Khamenei, Iran’s parliament has continued to follow the religious dictates of the supreme leader Ayatollah Ali no matter how bizarre or repressive. So, when Khamenei ordered people to procreate “strengthen national identity” and counter “undesirable aspects of western lifestyles,” the parliament responded by banning permanent forms of birth control like vasectomies and tubal ligations while also banning advertising of birth control in the country.

Khamenei direction to procreate reverses the earlier policy of “fewer kids, better life.” If that seems an odd contradiction, just remember that is why he is “supreme.”

Khamenei wants to reverse a decline in Iran’s population. Some reformists however believe it has a different purposes. Iranian women continue to seek higher education and leadership roles. The new directive is viewed as a conservative effort to force women back into more traditional roles.

Of course, it also denies one of the most basic human rights over privacy and individual rights in the area of procreation. However, when you have an individual setting government policies in the name of good, such individual rights become virtual blasphemy in the eyes of the faithful.

Source: Salon

94 thoughts on “Iran Bans Permanent Forms of Contraception and Advertising of Birth Control”

  1. Darren,
    We have issues in America that deserve to be addressed before we tie up more tax payer funds for “nation building” abroad.

    Eg. Sovereign citizens setting up an ambush shooting at police NOT being labeled a terrorist and living to tell… While unarmed black youth can’t even walk down a street w/out losing their lives to police who, the next day, fire upon the very citizens they police.

  2. What appalling lack of empathy. Maybe Muslim women are not real women, like conservative US women. Liberal women are like 50’s conservative men, w/ “They had it coming” mentality for those not of their social station.

  3. Darren so you don’t think that “….diplomatic, economic and political pressure”
    is happening at all? If that’s true, then you have a point. As for helping wih democratic reforms, they are sovereign nations, we can’t nation build everywhere there are human rights violations. Do you think that Islamic people really want a democracy? Do you think they want our western ways? Not badly enough I think.

  4. Annie: Succinctly, diplomatic, economic and political pressure. And, helping democratic reform movements in those nations.

  5. Darren, just curious, what would you have the US do to alleviate the human rights violations in Iran and Saudi Arabia and other countries?

  6. Actually Elaine, until the last comment you did not mention anything about the plight of Iranian citizens in this article.

  7. Women! Know your places! Have those babies, one after another and be grateful!

  8. Oh, that old ploy again, ‘Western women, shut up and be grateful to western men for the blessings of your womanhood in a free country’. I hear way too much whining from American conservative men lamenting how they are oppressed by feminists, Oy! The humanity!

  9. It’s interesting to watch the convulsions in this thread. Try making a case based on unalienable rights and the flaws in logic will become exposed.

    Abortion – a woman’s right to choose what she does with her own body; got it. Except to support such a position requires one to obliterate the definition of life. Never mind the fact abortion would not be necessary if life wasn’t present. One could argue it should be legal for cases of rape, incest or to protect the life of the mother. In the first two natural rights were violated and the latter is one’s natural right to life.

    Contraception – a choice one makes to accommodate a life without abstinence. Not to be conflated with the point above regarding the cases of rape or incest. We have a natural right to abstinence and the natural right to use our property (money) to pay for the contraception methods available. In either case, we do not have a natural right to infringe the rights of others to accommodate our pursuit of happiness.

  10. I watching on CNN non Muslim women and children slaughtered by ISIS. We all read and watch of incredible savagery of women in the Middle East on a daily basis. And I juxtapose it w/ the incessant whining of some women here. It simply does not compute. A lot more empathy, and a LOT LESS narcissism is needed.

  11. Darren,

    Did I say we should ignore the injustices faced by the citizens of Iran–or is that your interpretation of what I wrote?

  12. When a person is constantly criticizing and overanalyzing a “friend,” and then says they are only do it to make them better, we know that is BS. When people are constantly criticizing and ridiculing the US and then say it is only to make sure this country doesn’t become a theocracy, the same conclusion is reached..BS.

  13. At what point do we finally address the injustices faced by the citizens of Iran?

  14. Darren,

    You are missing my point! Did I say that we should “Focus only on the US’s issues and nothing said about the outrages abroad?” You are putting words in my mouth. I’m saying that when we call out other countries for human rights abuses, we should examine ourselves and look at what we are doing. Do you think that is wrong? Do you think our country should be setting a good example…or do you think that it doesn’t matter? Should we be a “do as I say not as I do” country?

  15. How can we change what is happening in Iran? It’s far more important that WE don’t go down the same road. Iran and Saudi Arabia, while frustrating, scary and disgusting, the truth is we have no say over what they do.

  16. Darren,

    I am not grandstanding. I believe we have to examine ourselves and what our own country is doing too. We are often quick to criticize other countries for human rights abuses–but not so quick to see our own abuses. Shouldn’t we examine ourselves to be sure that our country isn’t abusing anyone’s human rights? Do you think drone strikes that kill innocent individuals and our own citizens abroad are acceptable/moral? What about keeping people imprisoned for years in Gitmo without providing them with their day in a court of law? What about extraordinary renditions? What about the torturing of suspected terrorists?

    1. Elaine:

      You have just proven my point. Focus only on the US’s issues and nothing said about the outrages abroad. Well, it’s going to be a very long time before the genocides and abuses by foreign governments are ever addressed because people keep insisting that we focus on the actions of the US government first and not until the US is fully restrained. So again, we criticize the United States and ignore the rest.

      This single threaded approach is not going to work in a multiprocessing world.

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