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Tanzania's president advises against birth control






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Tanzania's President advised against using birth control pills. He said Tanzania needed more people and it was rich enough to educate more children. The president used the example of European countries that do not have enough workers, which he says is because of birth control. He said: "I have seen the effects of birth control. In some countries they are now struggling with a declining population. They have no labor force."

The president said using birth control was lazy. He said people who use family planning didn't want to work hard to feed a large family so they have just one or two children. He said: "You are big farmers. You can feed your children. Why then resort to birth control?" One politician reminded him that Tanzania does not help large families. He said: "Our health insurance...can only [help] a maximum of four children from one family."

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