(Radio Free Asia) North Korean authorities have issued a directive banning medical professionals from performing birth control procedures and abortions in an effort to reverse the isolated country's falling birth rate, sources inside said.
"This central policy was announced at a lecture for health care workers on Oct. 8," a source in the country's northern Yanggang province told RFA's Korean Service. "The new policy says that birth control procedures are illegal, and gynecologists who implant birth control devices in their patients will be punished by law."
The directive also forbids gynecologists to perform abortions, although it did not indicate the penalty for doing so, he said.
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