Apr 6, 2018

Wanted in China: politically correct sperm

A lab tech at the fertility clinic of Peking University Third Hospital in Beijing injects a sperm into an egg to create an embryo. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

The Third University Hospital of Peking University is running a sperm donation campaign that states their requirements to become a potential donor include both good health and "favorable political qualities," the SCMP reports. The article says these requirements include:

“[The donors must] love the socialist motherland and embrace the leadership of the Communist Party.... [He must] be loyal to the party’s tasks, be decent, law-abiding and be free of any political problems.”

Quick take: This is more likely an opportunistic administrator tilting toward the prevailing political winds than a directive from somewhere above in the health bureaucracy. Regardless, it's a sign of the times, and in the Xi Era where the party leads everything, it looks like donors’ sperm has to be both healthy and Red.

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