US Clinics Offer Free Vasectomies Following Supreme Court Overturning Roe | American News
Amid a reported increase in demand for vasectomies prompted by the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that removed the right to abortion, Planned Parenthood and a doctor at a mobile vasectomy clinic will offer 60 free vasectomies over three days in St. Louis, Springfield and Joplin, Missouri, in the first week of November.
Dr. Esgar Guarin plans to take his mobile clinic – a vehicle friends have dubbed the “Nutcracker” – on the road the following week, to provide 40 free vasectomies in cities across Iowa. Guarin also plans to offer discounted vasectomies at his regular Des Moines-area clinic.
These efforts are part of World Vasectomy Day, which now includes a year-round focus and a host of activities in November.
“This is a very special time for reproductive rights in the United States. And we need to talk about that,” Guarian said, adding that vasectomies are done far less often than the tubal ligation method of female sterilization, even though they are cheaper, have a shorter recovery time, and only require anesthesia. local.
Guarin, a member of the World Vasectomy Day Medical Advisory Board, helped bring vasectomies last year to Planned Parenthood in St. Louis. The effort was so popular that the decision was made to expand it to other cities even before the reversal of Roe v Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that previously guaranteed abortion rights, did not skyrocket demand.
In July, Planned Parenthood of the St Louis and Southwestern Missouri area performed 42 vasectomies, up from 10 the same month last year. Female sterilizations increased from three to 18.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists said that following Dobbs v. Jackson, the decision that overturned Roe, it heard similar reports from across the country.
Planned Parenthood does not have national sterilization figures available for this year. However, its national webpage has seen a 53% increase in searches for vasectomy information over the past 100 days, a spokesperson said.
Google Trends data shows that searches for vasectomies briefly spiked after the Majority Opinion Project leaked in Dobbs, but peaked after the court issued its ruling in June.
Dr. Doug Stein, a urological surgeon in the Tampa-St. Petersburg area, said patient enrollment tripled immediately after Dobbs, with many patients under 30.
“I think everyone’s been busier since the Dobbs decision,” said Stein, co-founder of World Vasectomy Day.
Dr Arnold Bullock, a St Louis urologist who performs about 35 vasectomies a month, said that before the decision, patients waited about a month for the procedure. The wait is now two to three months.
In Texas, Dr Koushik Shaw said his Austin urology institute had a spike when Texas enacted a strict abortion law last year and another bigger spike after the court ruling. Supreme of the United States. He now does 50% more procedures. He said many are reaching out to men who see access to abortion as another option if birth control isn’t working.
“It really pushed family planning to the forefront of people’s thoughts,” he said of the Dobbs decision.
Lawmakers react. A California law that will take effect in 2024 will make vasectomies cheaper by allowing patients with private insurance to get the procedure at no additional cost.
Dr. Margaret Baum, Medical Director of Planned Parenthood of St. Louis and Southwestern Missouri Area, will partner with Guarin to provide free vasectomies in Missouri.
She reported on conversations with patients about permanent sterilization, saying, “I think people are afraid, No1, that abortion isn’t accessible, which is a very real and legitimate fear and in the reality for a large part of the people in our country. And then I think people are also really scared of what might be next.