The instructor held up an unfurled green condom as she lectured a dozen Iranian brides-to-be on details of family planning. But birth control was only one aspect of the class, provided by the government and mandatory for all couples before marriage. The other was about sex, and the message from the state was that women should enjoy themselves as much as men and that men needed to be patient, because women need more time to become aroused.
Read more on International Herald Tribune. Michael Slackman writes "Iran is full of surprises."
Also, BBC's Jim Muir's report on Iran's flavourful condom production!
(Although abortion remains illegal, unless the mother's health is endangered, condoms and birth control pills are dispensed for FREE at government funded health centers across Iran.)