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Chinese women with mandatory birth control coils find little recourse

After decades of pain, those who take legal action receive paltry compensation

An IUD, a widely used contraceptive device in China, that has just been removed from the body. (Photo by Cai Yingli/Caixin)

When the two coils that had spent close to two decades in her body were removed, Lu Ying (a pseudonym) said she felt reborn.

Lu, from Pujiang county in East China's Zhejiang province, had the first of the intrauterine devices (IUDs) fitted after she gave birth to her only child in 1993, to prevent her from getting pregnant again and violating the one-child policy.

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