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Chinese Village Officials to Publish List of Contraceptives Used by Every Family in the Village

by Kathy Jones on March 16, 2013 at 7:17 PM
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 Chinese Village Officials to Publish List of Contraceptives Used by Every Family in the Village

The decision of local officials in a village in southern China to publish a list of each family's preferred method of contraception has outraged the villagers.

The list, put up on a bulletin board in a village in the city of Dongguan, gave the names and ages of married couples and detailed whether local women had been sterilized or whether they used condoms or contraceptive coils.

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It was removed after Chinese media visited the village this week, the Telegraph reports.

One of the villagers told Guangdong province's Southern Metropolis newspaper that the move is a total disregard for their privacy.

Zhan Zhongle, a Peking University law professor, told the Beijing-based Global Times that it was illegal for the local government to disclose the private information for the good of family planning work.

According to the paper, China's one-child policy was introduced in 1979 following a 1950s baby boom that sparked fears of a potential demographic crisis if the number of births was not brought under control.

Source: ANI
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