Birth Control in North Korea

Disclaimer: The conclusions mentioned in this article are personal views and to some extent based on research. For a better understanding – look for more reliable sources.

North Korea is nowhere close to even being a mildly safe country for the future of a child. I am talking about safety in a general sense. It is mildly safe in terms of health. But, only in one region of the country. That is the Pyongyang Republic.

North Korea is divided into two regions – the Pyongyang Republic and the Regional Republic. Medical facilities are better in the Pyongyang Republic compared to the nearly non-existent medical facilities in the Regional Republic. Kim Jong II made sure that the facilities available at Pyongyang San Won are better than ever before. The reason for that, however, is personal – his mother died due to a gynaecological disease. It is understandable why a man in power might take such steps.

Talking about the real deal – it is illegal to not have a baby, once you are pregnant. Yes, birth control of any sort is illegal in North Korea. The only contraceptive that is legal there is abstinence. You might be wondering why a state next to the country with strict rules about birth control, China, is asking it’s citizens to literally not stop themselves from having a baby. Well, the reason is very simple. More citizens in the country, more men and women working in the military. It has rules for the young ones to work in the military. And, they take military very seriously in North Korea.

The actual problem lies in the minds of pregnant women. They might not want to give birth to a baby in a world such cruel. I mean, the nearest world to them. It is hard to live in North Korea, not being the superior. It is diamond clear that the powerful in North Korea, are benefiting partially more than even the half of the population. It is as cruel as it can get.

The current population (22nd Dec 2018) of North Korea is 2.55 crores. It is ranked at the number fifty-two, which can be considered “low” compared to other top countries. But, it is a large number of people according to the resources available in North Korea. More than half of the population there suffers from serious nutrition problems. Also, no one is sure about these facts. But, that does not explain why there should be birth control in North Korea. It seems that the military might be the untold reason for why they don’t want to have any kind of birth control in the state. Of course, this is my conclusion based on observing the situation of North Korea. The other conclusion can be religious sentiments. And, it is a strong one.

Nobody really knows why there is no birth control in North Korea, being one of the hardest countries to live in. And, maybe we will know more about it in the future – when it opens up to more unbiased journalism. Which, seems to be far from now.

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