Fam­ily plan­ning not for Mus­lims: Er­do­gan

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IS­TAN­BUL: Turk­ish Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan said on Mon­day that fam­ily plan­ning and con­tra­cep­tion were not for Mus­lim fam­i­lies, in his lat­est comments pro­mot­ing pop­u­la­tion growth that an­gered women ac­tivists.

Er­do­gan said it was the re­spon­si­bil­ity of moth­ers to en­sure the con­tin­ued growth of Turkey’s pop­u­la­tion, which has ex­panded at a rate of around 1.3 per­cent in the last few years.

“I will say it clearly... We need to in­crease the num­ber of our de­scen­dants,” he said in a speech in Is­tan­bul.

“Peo­ple talk about birth con­trol, about fam­ily plan­ning. No Mus­lim fam­ily can un­der­stand and ac­cept that! As God and as the Great Prophet, peace be upon him, said, we will go this way. And in this re­spect the first duty be­longs to moth­ers.” Er­do­gan and his wife Emine have two sons and two daugh­ters. Ear­lier this month, the pres­i­dent at­tended the high-pro­file mar­riage of his younger daugh­ter Sumeyye to de­fense in­dus­tri­al­ist Sel­cuk Bayrak­tar. His elder daugh­ter Esra, who is married to the up-and-com­ing En­ergy Min­is­ter Berat Al­bayrak, has three chil­dren. Ac­cord­ing to the sta­tis­tics of­fice, Turkey’s pop­u­la­tion rose to 78.741 mil­lion last year. The pop­u­la­tion in 2000 was less than 68 mil­lion.

Tayyip Er­do­gan ... ad­vo­cate of pop­u­la­tion growth

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