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Iran’s Supreme Leader takes big step in favor of marriages

14 August 2014 [11:08] - TODAY.AZ
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has consented with drawing $500 million from the National Development Fund to be paid in marriage loans.

Iranian MP Abdorreza Azizi said the parliament will likely vote on Tuesday for paying the money to the youth to facilitate marriage, Iran's IRNA news agency reported on August 13.

Iran has had two population growth control experiences in the last 50 years. The first family planning measures were introduced by the government in the 1960s, when there was a drastic population growth, Press TV reported.

After the Islamic revolution in 1979, the plan was abandoned until 1986. In the 1980s and 1990s, the government implemented strict family planning laws after a baby boom following the revolution and while the country was struggling with economic problems during the 8-year Iran-Iraq war.

Lawmakers are proposing to allocate 4 billion dollars to a plan that will help create incentives for young Iranians to get married and have children. The target groups are mainly university students and young men serving the military.

Iran's parliament has voted to ban permanent forms of contraception, endorsing the Supreme Leader's call for measures to increase the population.

The bill, banning vasectomies and similar procedures in women, is parliament's response to a decree Khamenei issued in May calling for more babies to "strengthen national identity" and counter "undesirable aspects of Western lifestyles".



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