What countries currently adopt anti-natalist policies?

As defined in the political issues section of Birth Control wiki:

Conversely, other countries have policies to reduce the birth rate (for example, China's one-child policy which was in effect from 1978 to 2015). Policies to increase the crude birth rate are known as pro-natalist policies, and policies to reduce the crude birth rate are known as anti-natalist policies.


  • I'm looking for policies that are currently in place or have been disbanded in the last decade.
  • I would like to exclude China's one child policy as to me that's a widely known policy already.
  • I'm not talking about legalising abortion because that stems from several issues, not just population growth control. I'm talking about ways to control the crude birth rate of citizens of such countries.
  • A list-based questions are not good fit for SE. You should be more specific to prevent speculations what is anti-natalist and what is not. For many people, legalizing abortion is very strong anti-natalist. So almost all European countries would be anti-natalist from that perspective. – Danubian Sailor Jun 22 '17 at 16:40
  • List based questions on Politics.SE are perfectly fine (in most cases depending on how broad it is) but that's subjective and out of the scope of the question. However, I've edited it to align with your comment. – Bradley Wilson Jun 22 '17 at 16:49
  • Are you looking for examples were the policies affect all parts of the population alike, or do you want to include eugenic policies that only affect certain groups (e.g. Sweden used to have a policy of forced sterilisations for people with "undesirable" traits, which allegedly still persists for transgender persons) ? – user10415 Jun 24 '17 at 7:29
  • @EikePierstorff I'm looking for policies that influence the whole country yes, but that's an interesting topic regardless and I'll look into it, I didn't know that existed. – Bradley Wilson Jun 24 '17 at 13:20

In Uzbekistan they used to/still sterilize women after they had their second child to prevent population increase. I can try to find other examples but there isn't many.

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Canada, the United States, North Korea, and as you mentioned China all allow (and sometimes force) 3rd trimester abortions.

In North Korea, late-term abortions are also forced and are performed based on the ethnicity of the child. They are routinely performed on women who have fled North Korea and were brought back and imprisoned for their defection. Unfortunately, Canada and the United States join China and North Korea in being two of the four nations to allow late-term abortion.

To clarify this point about the US, abortion permissiveness is governed by state and varies widely by state jurisdiction.

And India and China both engage fairly extensively in sex-selective abortions.

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    I seriously doubt an anti-abortion website is reliable on the topic. – Federico Sep 9 '19 at 12:42
  • @Federico For anti-birth policies? They are the most reliable. – K Dog Sep 9 '19 at 12:44
  • ok then, please link me to the US and Canadian laws that allow late-term abortions. – Federico Sep 9 '19 at 12:44
  • @Federico Here's NY's. You can do the rest of the legwork for yourself. cbsnews.com/news/… – K Dog Sep 9 '19 at 12:49
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    but your answer says "for pretty much any reason", that's not what you just linked me. can you please post a source that corroborates the assertion you posted in your answer? (without going into the "detail" that NY is not the whole of the US) – Federico Sep 9 '19 at 12:51

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