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“But ever since the law’s adoption, no Armenian male has resorted to this measure. According to physicians and specialists, because of the Armenian mindset, our men, as a rule, leave entirely to the women the burden of taking measures toward disposing an unwanted fetus, or not getting pregnant. [According to the working law,] First, the women to be sterilized must be over forty years old and the family must have at least four children. In an interview with us, Health Ministry’s specialist Gayane Avagyan noted that the Government is preparing to reduce the sterilization age limit from forty to thirty five, and the four children [requirement] to three. ‘When this law was passed in 2002, the birthrate was much higher. And the reason for reducing the age limit is that fertility automatically drops after forty [years of age],’” Aravot writes.

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