For the Chinese Community Party, loyalty comes before conception.
Chinese hospitals want your socialist sperm
Peking University Third Hospital launched a sperm donation campaign on Wednesday – but the drive came with a few caveats.
In a post on its WeChat social media account, the hospital listed a series of requirements of would-be donors.
In addition to being in good health, the hospital said donors must have “favorable political qualities.”
A donor must "love the socialist motherland and embrace the leadership of the Communist Party,” the notice said.
He must be “loyal to the party’s tasks, be decent, law-abiding and be free of any political problems,” it said.
Besides meeting the political requirements, would-be donors must be over 20 years old (but not older than 45) and show no obvious signs of hair loss, color blindness or overweight problems.
Donors will need to pass two rounds of tests first, one checking the quality of their semen and one for general health and fitness.
Those who pass the tests will be paid $32 (200 yuan) immediately. And those who successfully donate will be rewarded with $876 (5500 yuan).
“Everyone will be provided a pleasant sperm collection room. The sperm will be collected through masturbation,” the statement says.
Donors will need to donate about 10 times in the space of six months to ensure there is an adequate supply for artificial insemination.
Those who don’t qualify will get $8 to reimburse transportation costs – unless they’re disqualified because they were unable to refrain from masturbation for three days before the test.
But there appears to be no test for whether donors are politically reliable.
A doctor reached on the hospital’s consultation hotline said no additional tests would be conducted for political requirements.
“It would be fine as long as you consider yourself suitable,” said the doctor.
The demand for donated sperm has surged after Beijing relaxed its grip on the one-child policy in 2015 to allowing two children in most families, according to the Beijing Youth Daily newspaper.
Families applying for IVF treatment face waits of more than a year, partly due to a shortage of suitable donors.
Less than 20% of donated sperm has been deemed suitable for use, according to the paper.
China bans the sale of human semen and women looking to undergo fertility treatment must use non-profit sperm banks.
Families using sperm banks must prove that the husband is infertile, or could transmit genetically inherited diseases.
The sperm bank also provides birth insurance, which allows clients to freeze their sperm in case of future medical problems.