Urologists across the nation have been flooded with calls inquiring about vasectomies in recent weeks. Some offices reported increased demand within an hour of the Supreme Court decision which overturned Roe v. Wade. "We'll typically receive about 200 or so phone calls on a given Friday," Dr. Koushik Shaw, founder of the Austin Urology Institute, told NBC affiliate KXAN. "Then we had over 400 phone calls to our office just this past Friday, with 70 occurring over just the one hour period after Roe v. Wade was [overturned]. We had a record number of bookings for requests for vasectomies...we've actually increased our schedule availability just to accommodate the current surge that we've seen."
It’s an interesting phenomenon with big social ramifications. A large number of sexually active young men clearly have had in mind that abortion is an easy fix for an unexpected pregnancy. Now, it’s not so easy. Rather than change their behavior, they’re contemplating having a surgical procedure so they can keep doing what they were doing — having sex with women they do not intend to create families with.
Requests for tubal ligations (the female version of sterilization) are up as well. Most vasectomies are somewhat reversible (although not cheap), whereas tubal ligation is typically not. What might this mean to us as a society or culture down the road? There are several consequences worth considering.
Our already low replacement rate will drop much farther. In order to pay for the social programs that take up a majority of state and federal budgets, there have to be a LOT of people carrying the financial burden. Fewer taxpayers mean the rest of society will pay significantly higher taxes.
It will change political demographics. The research is definitive: Progressives/leftists have fewer children already, so an increase in vasectomies means religious/conservatives will become a majority faster.
There will be another surge in STIs. There are more than 1 million NEW cases every year now. Sexually active unmarrieds often believe “they can tell if someone is infected.” Sterile men will have even less motivation to use protection.
More women will turn to IVF, and sperm banks. Masculinity is already portrayed as “toxic” and unnecessary, so more sterile males will mean more single-mother households. All the negative factors associated with fatherlessness will explode — fatherless kids are more likely to live in poverty, experience drug and alcohol abuse, drop out of school, and suffer from health and emotional problems. Boys are more likely to become involved in crime, and girls are more likely to become pregnant as teens. There are too few male role models for children as it is, and this trend will exacerbate those social problems.
These outcomes are just the tip of the iceberg. There are incalculable exponential consequences.
Now, more than ever, the importance of instilling in young people the benefits of sexual self-control and of being happily faithfully in love forever as an achievable goal are more important than ever!