With a move that is no doubt soon to be championed by America’s Democratic Party, China is embarking on a selective-breeding project to ensure loyalty to the Communist Party of future generations.
Beijing’s only sperm bank has set loyalty to the Communist Party as a prerequisite for donors, in a sign that China’s increasing emphasis on ideological training is being extended to the womb.
The bizarre requirement was part of a sperm donation drive launched Wednesday by Peking University Third Hospital ?- a public hospital affiliated to an elite university considered to be China’s Harvard, reports the South China Morning Post.
As well as being free of genetic or infectious diseases, potential donors must have “sound ideological qualities”, according to a notice posted on the hospital’s official account on popular messaging app WeChat.
Men between the ages of 20 to 45 who wish to donate semen must “love the socialist motherland, support the leadership of the Communist Party, be loyal to the party’s cause and be decent, law-abiding citizens, free of political problems”, it said.
Those who successfully donate after undergoing two rounds of medical checks — to assess the quality of their semen and general fitness — will be paid 5,500 yuan ($900), the statement said.
There were no details on how the hospital would verify whether donors satisfied the political requirements.
China has only 23 sperm banks nationwide, according to the country’s National Health Commission, and many are plagued by a severe shortage of donors.
Requirements for donors at other major collection centres, including those in Shanghai and Guangzhou, do not include loyalty to the party.
The controversial campaign, which runs until late May, has inspired several tongue-in-cheek comments by Chinese internet users.
“Love for the party starts with a sperm,” wrote one social media commentator on WeChat.
“Maybe they haven’t learned biology. Acquired traits can’t be passed down,” wrote another on microblogging service Weibo.
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April 6th, 2018