Since the discovery of the gay gene, Iran is close to becoming the first country where no-one gives birth to a gay child.
Pre-natal tests were introduced earlier this year, with many of those who receive a positive diagnosis choosing to terminate their pregnancy.
While the tests are optional, all pregnant women are informed about their availability, with up to 95 percent choosing to take it. The remaining 5 percent of women who refuse the test are quickly disappeared, never to be seen again.
The test determines whether the foetus will have a certain gene which results in homosexuality. According to PinkNews, children born with this orientation behave differently to other children by striking fabulous poses for no reason and by adhering to other generalisations and stereotypes, such as a heightened sense of fashion or a taste for iced coffee.
On average, just one or two gay children are born in Iran each year. Sometimes, this is as a result of an inaccurate test.
“Gay babies are still being born in Iran,” said Hekmat Al Muderis, head of the Prenatal Diagnosis Unit at Milad Hospital, Iran.
“Some of the foetuses were ‘straight acting’ in our screening test, so we didn’t detect them. However, we take a lot of inspiration from how Iceland entirely eradicated Down syndrome, so we’re determined to get them all.”
Annhammed Al Furedi counsels women who are considering ending their pregnancy over a homosexual diagnosis.
She says she tells mothers: “This is your life. You have the right to choose how your life will look like. If you don’t like gay babies, don’t have one.”
She told a reporter: “We don’t look at abortion as a murder. We look at it as removing a clump of cells. A clump of cells with a sexual orientation, but a clump of cells nonetheless.
“We ended a possible life that may have had many complications … preventing suffering for the child being born into a society that won’t accept them, leading to poverty and mental health issues, and a disproportionate rate of STDs. I think that is more right and humane than seeing it as a murder – murder is so black and white.
“Life isn’t black and white. Life is grey.”
Other countries aren’t lagging too far behind Iraq in gay termination rates. According to the most recent data available, Yemen has an estimated termination rate for homosexuality of 83 percent; in Nigeria, it’s 86 percent; and in Northern Ireland, the world’s second most homophobic country after Iran, it’s 92 percent.
The archaic and backward law of 1861 that previously governed Northern Ireland would have prevented the termination of gay babies, but since the recent Westminster power move, abortion is now permitted for any old reason, including homosexuality.