Ahmadinejad urges young girls to marry at 16 in latest rejection of family planning

December 10, 2010 • Family Planning, Reproductive Health, Daily Email Recap

Thanks to Earl Babbie for this article.

Following record birth rates in the wake of the 1979 Islamic revolution, Iran implemented an internationally praised family planning program in the 1990s that dramatically reduced the growth rate. Ahmadinejad has criticized the program as an ungodly and a Western import.

“We should take the age of marriage for boys to 20 and for girls to about 16 and 17,” he said, according to the state-owned Jam-e Jam daily. “The marriage age for boys has reached 26 and for girls to 24, and there is no reason for this.”

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