Case Study: Anti-Natalist Policy in Kerala

Kerala is in India. It has a antinatalist policy. Here is a casestudy on that antinatalist.

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The Policy was implemented in 1976 after policy makers
found that family planning would only enjoy limited success-
es unless a program integrated with the entire population
was implemented. Education about the policy and its prob-
lems was included in the curriculum.
Kerala has succeeded in lowering
its birth rate to around 18 per 1000. The makers guessed that the excessive family size (which was, on
The birth rate has fallen without average, around 5 children per couple in 1974) was responsible for
significant regulation, unlike in Chi- poverty and a direct result of poverty
na, or without financial incentives
unlike the rest of India. Education about the program became part of the national curric-
ulum under the Fifth Five Year Plan. An increased number of family
planning programmes were ran by the government between 1980
to 1990.
By 1991 India had more than 150,000 public healthy facilities that
offered family planning. That meant 1 family planning centre
would serve 5,643 people (in 1991)
Some programmes included:
Cash incentives for those who are willing to be sterilised.
Commissions for health workers.
New schools, drinking water and roads for areas that meet their tar-
Proposal to only allow people with two or less children to run for public


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