Turkey’s Erdoğan denounces birth control, family planning

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Thursday that unnamed actors had intentionally tried to limit Turkey’s population through birth control and family planning, Turkey's pro-government Sabah newspaper reported.

Speaking at a conference organised by the Ministry of Family and Social Policy at the presidential complex in Ankara, Erdoğan reiterated his call for every family to have at least three children.

“They talked about birth control, they talked about family planning, they tried to influence us under different names. With those steps taken, our population has decreased. I did not approve of this path, I still do not,” Erdoğan said.

The Turkish president also said that people did not need to worry about financial difficulties when they aimed at having at least three children. “Our society is mostly Muslim. We should not forget this, each child comes with his or her own livelihood,” he said.

The Turkish president went on to blast the media for the role he said it had played in eroding the family as an institution.

“We are face to face with a painful period when the marriage vows have been trivialised, extramarital relations are counted as normal, and divorce is practically encouraged,” Erdoğan said.

“If our media outlets are overlooking privacy and family values in women’s programmes, then there is a serious problem. I particularly warn, caution our media outlets, because this will be the most important problem of future generations. The steps the state takes will have no effect if television series encourage perverted relationships to increase ratings or if violence is encouraged on social media,” he said.