Thailand celebrated United States Independence Day on July 4 by giving free vasectomies to more than eighty men.
1. GV & SVs Signs and hoardings advertising free vasectomies (2 shots) 0.08
2. SVs Birth control pills and family planning tee-shirts on sale (3 shots) 0.16
3. GVs & SVs People signing up for operation (4 shots) 0.32
4. GV Mobile vasectomy van 0.35
5. SVs Waiter pouring out beer, serving hot dogs. Patients eating hot-dogs (4 shots) 0.48
6. SV Secretary General of Population and Community Development Association, Mr. Mechai Viravaidya speaking (SOT) 1.06
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MECHAI VIRAVAIDYA: "Well, this is American's birthday, and we want to give a birthday present to America because they've been so good to us and our family planning programme for about 10 years, and independence, for us, for the men, this is independence from child-bearing, from care when they've completed the family."
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Background: BANGKOK, THAILAND
Thailand celebrated United States Independence Day on July 4 by giving free vasectomies to more than eighty men. The operations were performed in a mobile clinic in Bangkok and were organised by the Thai Population and Community Development Association, which actively promotes birth control. Two US Embassy officials were among those presenting themselves for the free surgery. Thailand's hugely successful family planning programme, initiated in 1973, has led the world in the fastest known population decline, from 3.3 per cent annually to 1.8 per cent. Directing the birth control organisation is Mechai Viravaidya, and such is the success achieved by his campaign that contraceptive condoms are called "mechais" in Thai. His July 4 celebration included typical American hot dogs and beer -- given away free to all those who underwent the fifteen-minute surgical procedure.
Source: REUTERS - GARY BURNS