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Iran drafts laws to make it harder for women without children to get jobs

Published:Wednesday | March 11, 2015 | 2:50 PM

International human rights group Amnesty International says draft laws aimed at boosting the birth rate in Iran reduce women to "baby-making machines".

One proposal outlaws voluntary sterilisation and promoting birth control, while another makes it harder for women without babies to get jobs.

The other bill cited by the organisation would make it more difficult for women to seek divorce, and instructs employers to prioritise married women with children.

Amnesty says the two laws would set women's rights in Iran back by decades.

Until recently, Iran had been trying to restrict the country's population, with contraception subsidised by the state.

Amnesty warns that banning voluntary sterilisation and blocking access to information about contraception risks greater numbers of unwanted pregnancies, forcing women into unsafe abortions.