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Human Rights Watch warns Iran population growth law will put women at risk

Human Rights Watch warned Wednesday that a new Iranian law aimed at raising the birth rate would put women’s lives at risk by denying them access to reproductive health care.

The bill, which is expected to become law later this month, provides a number of additional benefits to families with children and prohibits the sterilization and free distribution of contraceptives in the public health care system, unless a woman’s child is safe from pregnancy. Do not put health at risk.

“Iranian legislators are avoiding addressing many of the serious problems facing Iranians, including government inefficiency, corruption and repression, and are instead attacking women’s fundamental rights,” said Tara Sephari Far, senior Iran researcher at HRW.

“The Population Growth Act clearly undermines the rights, dignity and health of half the country’s population, denying them access to essential reproductive health care and information.”

Over the past decade, Iran has shifted its population policy from providing access to family planning and contraception, to promoting population growth by limiting women’s access to sexual and reproductive health care.

HRW said several articles in the new law already limit access to safe abortions.

Currently, abortion can be legally performed during the first four months of pregnancy if three doctors agree that the pregnancy threatens the woman’s life or that the fetus has a serious physical or mental disability that would cause extreme hardship to the mother.

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