Saudi Arabia mulls birth control policy

January 2, 2015 • Daily Email Recap

Saudi Arabia mulls birth control policy

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Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah is considering implementing a population control policy following a doubling of the population in just 15 years.


The king’s religious consultative body, the Shoura Council, has forwarded a report on the issue prepared by the Ministry of Economy and Planning after it was unable to make a decision on the matter,Arab News reported.


Saudi economists have recommended measures be taken to control population growth to preserve the country’s economic resources after it doubled to nearly 20 million since the late 1990s – one of the highest growth rates in the world.


“Families have to apply birth control in order to reduce expenses and provide better education and facilities to their children,” econmist Fadhel Al Bouainain told Arab News, adding birth control would be essential to reducing pressure on the country’s infrastructure, including health, education and housing, which are mostly provided for by the government.

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