Rouhani’s Spokesperson: Penalizing Birth Control is a Civil Rights Violation

I already covered parliament passing the first reading of an absurd law:

A bill outlawing multiple forms of birth control such has passed a first reading in Iran’s parliament, which means it’s only two steps away from becoming a law. The bill bans sterilization, vasectomies, tubal ligation, and abortion, unless they are authorized (there’s already a law for abortion, but they’re passing the same law again, and they passed a law about alcohol trafficking that was there already again, so it seems this folly has becoming a trend). People can be punished two to five years in prison for non-authorized operations.

Mohammad Bagher Nobakht, the spokesperson of Rouhani’s administration, has called the parliamentary bans on different methods of birth control a “possible violation of human rights” and he has said that “the administration will stand against any such law.” He has also said that he is hopeful that the Guardian Council will not approve the law (Guardian Council is in charge of approving candidates for elections and it can veto all laws passed by parliament).

Hassan Hashemi, Rouhani’s minister of culture, has also spoken against the law saying that it will only lead to “illegal and underground frequent abortions and infection among women and other health hazards”, saying that couples should have the right to choose for themselves to use birth control or not.

The law is being reviewed again by the Health Commission of the Parliament, which had the power to void the first reading.

Hopefully this absurdity will be stopped before it happens.

My source: In Persian

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Kaveh Mousavi is the pseudonym of an atheist ex-Muslim living in Iran, subject to one of the world’s remaining theocracies. He is a student of English Literature, an aspiring novelist, and part-time English teacher. He is passionate about politics, video games, heavy metal music, and cinema. He was born at the tenth anniversary of the Islamic Revolution of Iran. He has ditched the Islamic part, but has kept some of the revolutionary spirit.

  • http://dontlinkmebro F [i'm not here, i'm gone]

    That’s a pretty important place for the Rouhani administration to take a stand. If only some leaders in my corner of the globe had half his spine.

  • kevinkirkpatrick

    I wouldn’t be too surprised to see this overturned. It’s banning vasectomies, which interferes with men’s bodily autonomy. That really crosses the line.


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