Health Minister Seyyed Hassan Qazi Zadeh who was speaking in interview with Fars news agency providing comments on the country’s population statistics said "I believe that it would be better if every Iranian family has 3 children. I say that as a father not as the Minister of Health, because I myself have suffered.”
He added "Families with one kid take a lot of risk. Any human being’s most precious capital is his child and it is a pity if one is rather not well provided in those terms. I, too, would not think that I’d lost one child of mine.”
"Even those with two children take a lot of risk. If, God forbid, later on something happens and they are to suffer they will have lost their entire life,” the minister went on to say.
Providing comments on contraceptive measures he said "As for one who commits crime in those terms and causes psychological and biological problems for families, they must be dealt with as the law says.”
The minister’s interview follows a series of campaigns by ultra-governmental entities in Iran going on for about one year urging people to heat up the country’s procreation rate.
The controversy was first sparked by the Supreme Leader ayatollah Khamenei who said that the country’s population is growing old and families need to procreate more.
This was followed by bills in the Majlis to punish contraceptive measures such as vasectomy and the removal of subsidies from condoms and contraceptive substances.