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Against Abortion? Have A Vasectomy!

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After Roe, there’s an upturn in interest in male sterilization

Women don’t get themselves pregnant.

Every pregnancy since the beginning of human history has required at least the minimal contribution of a man.

And yet it has traditionally been women who have taken responsibility for preventing unwanted pregnancies. Sure, a man might buy a box of condoms now and then.

But women usually take both the initiative when it comes to avoiding pregnancy as well as the physical burden of doing so.

The overturning of Roe v. Wade was a dark day

When the US Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade it was a very dark day for women everywhere.

But the decision has also triggered a few social shifts that suggest a glimmer of light. One of these is a reported increase in men looking into and requesting vasectomies.

It’s been reported in the mainstream media that interest in vasectomy has increased hugely since the court decision.

There were apparently eight times as many Google searches for ‘where can I get a vasectomy’ as before the decision

Clinics, especially in states with the most restrictive abortion laws, report many more men requesting the surgery.

It takes two to tango

Women don’t get themselves pregnant. It takes two to tango.

And yet it has traditionally been women who have taken responsibility for preventing unwanted pregnancies.

The contraceptive pill, which remains the most widely-used non-surgical birth control method in the US and most European countries, works by controlling the levels of specific hormones in a woman’s body.

Although it’s effective at preventing pregnancy, these hormones can also cause a woman to experience side effects such as weight gain and depression and even develop blood clots.

Vasectomy is one of the best birth control options

According to the CDC, approximately 13 percent of women aged 15–49 in the US are on the pill, 10 percent are on long-acting reversible birth control, and 18 percent have undergone female sterilization.

Only 6 percent of men of the same age have undergone a vasectomy. And of these birth control options, vasectomy is one of the best.

No sperm = no pregnancy.

It’s estimated to be 98 percent effective in preventing pregnancy, compared with the pill, which is — on average — 93 percent effective.

More men seeking vasectomies is good news — it shows a mental shift in the burden of dealing with family planning.

What exactly is a vasectomy?

Also known by the term ‘male sterilization,’ a vasectomy involves a simple operation in which a surgeon makes a small incision into the scrotum and then cuts or blocks the tubes that carry sperm to the penis.

No sperm = no pregnancy.

It’s a safe surgery that usually takes less than a week to heal from.

Abortion is a human right

While the increased interest in vasectomy is pleasing and suggests that some male partners are open to taking more responsibility for birth control, it does not, in any way, compensate for the removal of the fundamental right of a woman to control her own body.

The overturning of Roe v. Wade was a disgrace. Access to abortion is healthcare and is a human right.

If men truly want to support a woman’s right to determine whether she has a child, they would do well.

Not only to take care of their own business but to show up at the ballot box to ensure that the right to an abortion is codified in law as soon as possible.

The US mid-term elections would be an ideal opportunity to do so.

Final takeaways

Men taking responsibility for family planning is great — but is it enough?

Women have traditionally taken responsibility for preventing unwanted pregnancies.

An upturn in interest in male sterilization (vasectomy) is a positive trend.

But it’s not enough for men to take care of their own interests — men need to advocate for a woman’s right to control her own body.

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