China to Reverse Sterilization for Quake Parents

Couples who abided by one-child policy can get free surgery
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 6, 2008 4:40 PM CDT
In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, members of an Italian medical team set up tents at Xiaode Township in quake-hit Mianzhu City, southwest China's Sichuan Province, on Friday, May 23,...   (AP Photo/Xinhua, Zeng Yi)
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(Newser) – China will send medical teams to areas hit by last month’s earthquake to reverse sterilization procedures for couples who want to have another child, Xinhua reports. The Sichuan family planning agency is providing free surgery and counseling to couples who were once sterilized in accordance with the nation's one-child policy. About 7,000 of the earthquake's fatalities were the lone children in their families.