Be Fruitful And Multiply: Iran’s Program To Increase Its Population Might Not Work
The Iranian government, already burdened by Western sanctions over its disputed nuclear program, is again encouraging young couples in the country to have more children in order to cope with the kind of aging demographics that currently plague Western Europe and Japan.
Teheran officials, who have spearheaded a door-to-door campaign to spread a health education propaganda drive, want to spark a baby boom that would double the Iranian population to about 150 million.
The Daily Telegraph reported that no less than 150,000 health workers have mobilized for the ambitious project, literally knocking on the doors of homes to encourage single-child families to have more offspring.
Medical universities have also been recruited to help with the process of encouraging Iranian families to be more fruitful and multiply.
The new policy dramatically reverses a birth control program the government introduced in the early 1990s, which provided contraceptives and family-planning lessons to couples across Iran over fears the population was climbing too quickly since the Islamic Revolution of Ayatollah Khomeini in 1979.
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