Turkey's Erdogan: No Muslim family should engage in birth control

Published: May 30, 2016
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. PHOTO: AFP

ANKARA: No Muslim family should engage in birth control or family planning, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday, calling again on pious Muslims to have more children.

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“We will multiply our descendants. They talk about population planning, birth control. No Muslim family can have such an approach,” he said in a speech in Istanbul broadcast live on television.

“Nobody can interfere in God’s work. The first duty here belongs to mothers,” he said. Women’s groups and opposition politicians have criticized Erdogan, a devout Muslim for telling women how many children to have and dismissing the Western idea of gender equality.

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He has previously equated birth control with treason.

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  • Farooq khan
    May 30, 2016 - 4:19PM

    I thought Erdogan was a real leader of Turkey and Muslims, but his approach towards family planning is regressive.Recommend

  • Tyggar
    May 30, 2016 - 4:43PM

    Why engage in birth control when they kill each other faster than they reproduce. The ones still alive then run for refuge to non Muslim countriesRecommend

  • Haramullah Fattuddin
    May 30, 2016 - 5:03PM

    Very “Progressive” thought from an Islamic leader.Recommend

  • Kushal
    May 30, 2016 - 5:03PM

    End of turkey.Recommend

  • Kakar
    May 30, 2016 - 5:43PM

    Erdogan is not that great as we were led to believe because his ideas are not that great ideas. As if population bomb that is about to explode in many Muslim countries is not scary, Erdogan is intent on making it more potent and destructive. ish him good luck in this divine endeavor in Turkey but he should spare others. Recommend

  • Zmarai
    May 30, 2016 - 5:48PM

    Erdogan and Moulana Sherani, two peas in a pod belong together serving The Islamic State.Recommend

  • Prada
    May 30, 2016 - 6:56PM

    Modern world is not about numbers. It is about brains and education. Islamic nations are backward in science despite having 70% of the world’s oil wealth. Looks like there is going to be a war of civilizations, the way he is speaking.Recommend

  • wiserneighbour
    May 30, 2016 - 7:36PM

    So you mean to say women are child producing machines assigned by God.Every Eid,one small erdogan.Great going dictator!!!Recommend

  • Gaz
    May 30, 2016 - 8:59PM

    @Prada: you are right it’s about brains not numbers, however your figure of 70% oil wealth is wrong the figure is somewhere between 25% to 35%. Country with highest reserves is Venzuela and yet their economy is on verge of collapse.Recommend

  • HZR
    May 30, 2016 - 10:26PM

    No wonder the rightist and supremacist parties are gaining ground in Europe as they are worried about uncontrolled immigration .Europe will loose its identity if this population growth is not checked.Recommend

  • someone
    May 30, 2016 - 10:44PM

    Is that why Pemra also barred contraceptive ads?Recommend

  • Mahesh
    May 30, 2016 - 11:32PM

    All the best to whoever takes his advice. You will take backward, the rest of the world will go forward. Most Muslims in India are poor because they have 5 or 6 children. So they can’t send all of them to good schools and thereby keeping another generation unfit to compete with changing science and technology led world.Recommend

  • Ali S
    May 31, 2016 - 2:00AM

    Turkey can learn lessons from Pakistan – Turkey is one of the few sensible secular Muslim countries left, Erdogan is actively dragging it towards regression.Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    May 31, 2016 - 3:04AM

    This guy has made Turkey another Saudi Arabia and God willingly he will turn it into another Syria. His mission is to conquer west with tsunami of refugees.Recommend

  • Turkish
    May 31, 2016 - 4:36AM

    We support this decision. Why Indians have problem?Recommend

  • Sid
    May 31, 2016 - 5:58AM

    This is how Muslims say they are fastest growing religion.Recommend

  • Shakti
    May 31, 2016 - 6:55AM

    @Turkish: “We support this decision. Why Indians have problem?”
    Personally, I have no problem. Large population worked in the days when you invaded lands with swords. These days it is about education and technology. Israel with a population of 8 million can stand up to more than 300 million Muslims threatening it from all sides. Nobody dares to take them on.Recommend

  • Tp
    May 31, 2016 - 6:56AM

    NATO should kick Turkey out and let Russia take care of the rest. Putin is still bristling after Turkey shot down its aircraft.Recommend

  • wiserneighbour
    May 31, 2016 - 7:34AM

    Though we know you are Pakistani,sharing resources by more population is catastrophic.Imagine a bridge built with a capacity of 100 tonne.If you load it with 200 tonne,it will collapse.I can’t blame you for such support.That is the education you have received.Recommend

  • someone
    May 31, 2016 - 8:33AM

    @Farooq khan:
    and what made you thought that in first place ? was it helping Daesh in syria ? or was it his glorious level of corruption ?Recommend

  • Boghos L. Artinian MD
    May 31, 2016 - 5:10PM

    Democracy is not an ideal form of government, simply because it gives the reins of power to the majority in the absence of birth control measures. Thus rogue populations, multiplying like cancer in the human body, can take the reins of power and wreak havoc in societies !Recommend

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