New contraceptive rule in China sparks outrage

2011-12-30 12:07

Beijing – A new regulation that requires women buying emergency contraceptives in at least one Chinese city to register their real names and ID card numbers has triggered an outcry on the internet.

The food and drug watchdog in Fuzhou city, capital of the southeastern province of Fujian, announced this week that pharmacies must register their customers’ details in a bid to step up control of medicine for pregnant women.

“This amounts to asking Chinese people to register before they make love,” one netizen named Ding Zhengyu said on Sina’s popular Twitter-like weibo today.

“To make love you now need to get the agreement from relevant departments and only then can you make love; without approval you have no right to make love.”

Other online posts said the rule would backfire and result in people refusing to buy contraceptives and instead risk unwanted pregnancies.

The Fuzhou watchdog said it had also issued the new requirement – made public Monday – to increase understanding of how contraceptives work.

An official at the watchdog surnamed Zhang said that “further regulations” would be coming out “soon”.

He refused to comment on why authorities mandated buyers of emergency contraceptives to register with
pharmacies.

The new rule was also expected to be implemented in Xiamen – Fujian’s second-largest city – according to media reports.

It came after authorities in Shanghai, Beijing and the southern province of Guangdong started asking microblog (weibo) users to register under their real names, as they tightened their grip on the internet.

“You have to register your real name on weibo, you have to register your real name for contraceptives, soon you’ll have to register your name to buy bicycles,” one netizen said today.

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