Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said “no Muslim family” should practice contraception and urged women to have more children.
Speaking at an educational foundation in Istanbul on Monday, Mr Erdogan said: “I say this openly: We will increase our descendants, we will increase our population.’
“Family planning, birth control, no Muslim family can practice such an understanding”.
In his speech he said women had a duty as “well-educated future mothers” not to use birth control as it was contrary to Muslim traditions.
The outspoken President – who served as Prime Minister for 12 years before that – has previously attracted the ire of women’s rights campaigners for calling on women to have “at least three children” and saying they were not equal to men.