For Those Concerned about Overpopulation – Iran is Now Paying for More Babies

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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad inaugurated a new policy on Tuesday to encourage population growth, dismissing Iran’s decades of internationally-acclaimed family planning as ungodly and a Western import.

The new government initiative will pay families for every new child and deposit money into the newborn’s bank account until they reach 18, effectively rolling back years of efforts to boost the economy by reducing the country’s once runaway population growth.

The plan is part of Ahmadinejad’s stated commitment to further increase Iran’s population, which is already estimated at 75 million. He has previously said the country could support up to 150 million.

Under the new plan each child born in the current Iranian year, which began March 21, will receive a deposit of $950 in a government bank account. They will then continue to receive another $95 every year until they reach 18. Parents will also be expected to pay matching funds into the accounts.

10 million people are estimated to live under the poverty line. Iran’s official unemployment rate is about 10 percent

Religous views on birth control and procreation are summarized at wikipedia

Some are anti birth control (Roman Catholic) and Islam is strongly in favor or procreation.

France, Estonia, Singapore are incentivizing babies. Japan, Germany, Russia are all offering incentives for babies Those countries have very low or negative population growth.

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