Inside the pills: BABIES!!!
Since the 1980’s, Chinese families have been desperately seeking new ways to bypass China’s infamous ‘one-child policy’ (计划生育政策). One loophole around the policy concerns the birth of twins (or triplets, etc.), which the government allows for families, forgoing the usual fines or punishments for having more than one child. Recently, hospitals in Southern Guangdong province have gone quite public with their twin-producing scheme: Say hello to “multiple baby pills”.
These “multiple baby pills” are in fact merely imported fertility drugs from Hong Kong and abroad. While originally only used by the wealthy and privileged (going for several hundred yuan a pop), these pills have become increasingly more affordable for the average Guangdong resident (whose average yearly income reached 21575 yuan in 2009).
While these drugs have been in common use since the one-child policy was first implemented, it’s only recently that hospitals (like those in Guangdong) have been publically advertising the remedy. Releasing TV commercials proclaiming “You may get twins” is hardly subtle way to go about things.
One hospital has even boasted to a local newspaper about helping over 60,000 couples sprout multiple births in the past 15 years.
When using the fertility drug known as clomifene citrate (sometimes known as Clomid), chances for achieving multiples births increase by around 40%. Recently, they’ve been put up for sale online for 60 yuan a pack, with no prescription necessary. Over 210 packs have been allegedly sold in the past 30 days alone.
In our opinion, the logical next step is clear: a Chinese Jon and Kate Plus 8 reality show extravaganza! Make this happen, random provincial TV station. You can thank us later when you’re rolling in the ratings megabucks.
By Patrick Keefe