Baku, Azerbaijan, May 10
By Khalid Kazimov - Trend:
An Iranian official with the women affairs has expressed concerns over growing number of abortions in the country.
Chairman of the Socio-Cultural Council of Women and Family Kobra Khazali has said that about 220,000 abortions were conducted in the Islamic Republic over the last calendar year (ended in 20 March), an Iranian official said.
Unfortunately there is no serious will in the country to deal with the growing number of abortion, she added.
However, Kobra Khazali added that the number of abortions in the country has dropped compared to two years ago.
Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei in 2013 condemned the country's policy on contraception, saying it too closely reflects the western lifestyle.
Later the Supreme leader said that a population of 150 million to 200 million would be ideal for Iran. Currently Iran's population stands at over 76 million people.
Reversing past policies to control population growth, the government has canceled subsidies for condoms and birth control pills and eliminated free vasectomies.