China sperm bank demands Party loyalty

(BBC) – A Beijing sperm bank has demanded loyalty to the Communist Party from all potential donors.

Peking University Third Hospital said in a statement on its WeChat web page on Wednesday that donors must “love the socialist motherland”.

The post also promised 5,500 yuan (£622; $872) to those successful individuals who manage to pass medical tests for fitness and sperm quality.

The statement was later deleted from social media on Friday evening.

It had said that all applicants must be men aged between 20 and 45 and that they must not have any genetic or infectious diseases, or show any signs of weight problems, colour blindness or hair loss.

The men must also have “favourable political qualities”, the statement read.

It added that applicants must “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 is not clear how the hospital plans to verify the ideological loyalty of donors.

A doctor on the hospital helpline told the South China Morning Post: “It would be fine as long as you consider yourself suitable”.

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