The president of Tanzania is telling women to stop using birth control, and called them lazy for taking it.
At a rally, President John Magufuli reportedly said women on birth control are just avoiding having to work hard, stating, “Those going for family planning are lazy…they are afraid they will not be able to feed their children. They do not want to work hard to feed a large family. And that is why they opt for birth controls and end up with one or two children only.”
The average Tanzanian woman has more than five children and 32% of families use contraception.
President Magufuli said he’s witnessed declining population growth abroad because of women using birth control and told people not to listen to foreigners advising contraception.
Tanzania has the highest population in East Africa, but is recognized as one of the poorest nations in the world, with more than 2/3 of the population living below the poverty line. However, President Magufuli has said the country’s economy is improving, and has even said women can abandon birth control because they no longer have to worry about paying for education.
Members of Tanzania’s parliament said they disagree with President Magufuli’s stance on birth control, since Tanzania’s health insurance only covers up to four children.