- The Washington Times - Monday, June 6, 2016

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday criticized women who “reject motherhood,” recommending that Turkish women have “at least” three children regardless of their professions.

In a speech marking the opening of the new building of Turkey’s Women’s and Democracy Association, Mr. Erdogan urged women not to let their careers interfere with their ability to raise a family.

“The fact that a woman is attached to her professional life should not prevent her from being a mother,” the president said, Agence France-Presse reported. “A woman who says ‘because I am working I will not be a mother’ is actually denying her femininity.”

“Rejecting motherhood means giving up on humanity,” he said. “A women who rejects motherhood, who refrains from being around the house, however successful her working life is, is deficient, is incomplete.”

“I would recommend having at least three children,” the father of four added.

Mr. Erdogan’s comments were the latest in a series of controversial remarks aimed at encouraging women to help boost Turkey’s population, AFP reported.

“Strong families lead to strong nations,” he said Sunday.

Last week, he called on Muslims to reject contraception and have more children, prompting a wave a backlash from feminist groups.

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