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Iran’s Birth Rate Plummeting

“Iran’s population growth rate dropped from an all-time high of 3.2 percent in 1986 to just 1.2 percent in 2001, one of the fastest drops ever recorded. In reducing its population growth to 1.2 percent, a rate only slightly higher than that of the United States…

The nation’s first family planning policy, introduced in 1967 under Shah Reza Pahlavi, aimed to accelerate economic growth and improve the status of women by reforming divorce laws, encouraging female employment, and acknowledging family planning as a human right.

this promising initiative was reversed in 1979 at the beginning of the decade-long Islamic Revolution led by Shiite Muslim spiritual leader Ayatollah Khomeini. During this period, family planning programs were seen as undue western influences and were dismantled…Khomeini pushed procreation to bolster the ranks of ‘soldiers for Islam,’ aiming for ‘an army of 20 million.’…

This strong pronatalist stance led to an annual population growth rate of well over 3 percent. United Nations data show Iran’s population doubling from 27 million in 1968 to 55 million in 1988.

During postwar reconstruction in the late 1980s, the economy faltered. Severe job shortages plagued overcrowded and polluted cities. Iran’s rapid population growth was finally seen as an obstacle to development. Receptive to the nation’s problems, Ayatollah Khomeini reopened dialogue on the subject of birth control. By December 1989, Iran had revived its national family planning program…

From 1986 to 2001, Iran’s total fertility-the average number of children born to a woman in her lifetime-plummeted from seven to less than three.”

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One response to “Iran’s Birth Rate Plummeting

  1. quixliver October 5, 2012 at 1:54 am

    “Iran’s population growth rate dropped from an all-time high of 3.2 percent in 1986 to just 1.2 percent in 2001, one of the fastest drops ever recorded. In reducing its population growth to 1.2 percent, a rate only slightly higher than that of the United States…”

    Welp, this article puts the US rate quite a bit higher than the one you cite. Don’t know which is accurate…

    “The U.S. birth rate has plummeted to its lowest point in 25 years as would-be parents postpone having babies due to the poor economy.

    The average number of births per woman has fallen 12 per cent from a peak of 2.12 in 2007, when the economy began to falter.

    Now the rate is predicted to hit just 1.87 this year and 1.86 next year, the lowest since 1987, according to birthrate forecasters Demographic Intelligence.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2179243/US-birthrate-plummets-lowest-25-years.html

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