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Reproduction: Health: Central Asia
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Mehri from southern Tajikistan had given birth to ten children in 15 years and desperately wanted to stop. Her husband had insisted on a large family and she had reluctantly agreed, but in the disastrous economic situation of the late 1990s she no longer knew how to cope. Her local hospital offered only one contraceptive method, the intrauterine device (IUD), which she had already tried and found problematic. She preferred not to rely on abortion, believing this to be a sin, but knew her husband would make her sleep wit…

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Harris, Colette, “Reproduction: Health: Central Asia”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 29 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0191b>
First published online: 2009

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