Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, the number of young men getting vasectomies is skyrocketing, according to a Friday report.
The Daily Wire notes that men are getting the procedure, which leads to “permanent male sterilization,” because they don’t want children or because they fear impregnating a woman who can no longer get an abortion.
“A vasectomy is permanent male sterilization,” Dr. Puneet Masson, an Assistant Professor of Urology and Director of the Male Fertility Program at Penn Fertility Care, told KSHB. “That being said, life changes—it’s a very dynamic process.”
“Dr. Alex Shteynshlyuger, director of urology at New York Urology Specialists in Midtown Manhattan, estimated that calls about vasectomy procedures to his office have soared by more than 500 percent this week with many consultations booked for July and younger men jumping on the bandwagon,” the New York Post reported.
“Staff at medical offices told The Post that they have been stunned by the number of childless, younger men asking about the procedure during which the tubes that carry sperm are cut or blocked,” the outlet continued.
“This week, we have had a lot of people calling to try and get in for a vasectomy,” added Isis Thomas, an office manager at Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City. “We have had a lot of younger generations trying to get in and get that done for sure … we normally have in one day of people calling and trying to get in maybe five to six patients, but this past week, we’ve had 15, 16 people call in a day.”
Dr. Blake Johnson, a urologist in Salt Lake City, Utah, said the number of procedures began to increase following the early May leak of what was then only a draft opinion overturning ‘Roe.’
“One of our office managers said ‘get ready.’ Since Friday, we’re up 900 percent in people looking to get a vasectomy,” Johnson said.
He added: “Typically, it’s about three phone calls over a weekend, over this past weekend it was 50 calls looking for vasectomies.”
In early May, a draft majority opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito was leaked to Politico and it set off a firestorm.
“Roe was egregiously wrong from the start,” Alito wrote in the draft ruling in language that was nearly the same as the official ruling last month. “We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled. It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives.”
“We, therefore, hold the Constitution does not confer a right to abortion. Roe and Casey must be overruled, and the authority to regulate abortion must be returned to the people and their elected representatives,” Alito wrote in the document, labeled the “Opinion of the Court.”