One bill will limit the use of contraceptives for women, prohibit the distribution of information on contraceptives, outlaw voluntary sterilizations and dismantle state-funded family planning orgranizations and programs, which, according to Amnesty are the "very programmes that have been so widely praised for improving women’s access to contraceptive goods and information, including in remote and poverty-stricken areas of the country."
A 2001 report from the Earth Policy Institute shows Iran's family planning programs proved to be a great success and were a good example for other developing countries. "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," according to that report.
But in 2012, Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Syed Ali Khameni, denounced the family planning policies that were put in place in 1989 — initially put in place for population control and to stabilize the country's economy. The Supreme Leader's televised speech in 2012 stated that these policies were an imitation of a Western lifestyle."
Read article by Shefali S. Kulkarni from PRI.