Parliament prohibits vasectomies and other lasting birth control measures after Ayatollah Ali Khamenei calls for more babies
Iran’s parliament has voted to ban permanent forms of contraception, the state news agency IRNA reported, endorsing the supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s call for more babies to be born.
The bill, banning vasectomies and similar procedures in women, is parliament’s response to a decree Khamenei issued in May to increase the population to “strengthen national identity” and counter “undesirable aspects of western lifestyles”.
Doctors who violate the ban will be punished, the IRNA reported. Continue reading
With about half of the country still suffering from extreme drought, farmers and businesses in the Western United States are looking at another hot, dry summer.
And the country’s water risk is a lot worse than most assessments suggest, according to a recent study from the Columbia University Water Center. Continue reading