Turkey’s President Erdogan Decries Birth Control As Form Of Treason

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has described birth control as a form of “treason,” saying it threatened the country’s bloodline.

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Erdogan urged a newly married couple at their wedding late on Sunday to have at least three children to help boost Turkish population figures, a common refrain from the president, who worries a declining birth rate may undermine economic growth.

“For years they committed a treason of birth control in this country, seeking to dry up our bloodline. Lineage is very important both economically and spiritually,” he told the couple after serving as their witness at the wedding. A video of the speech was posted on the mainstream Radikal news website.

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