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Vasectomies Have Increased In Texas After The US State Banned Abortion

Stewart Perrie

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Vasectomies Have Increased In Texas After The US State Banned Abortion

Doctors who perform vasectomies in Texas have detected a noticeable spike in the number of men asking for the procedure.

Interestingly, this trend seems to have kicked in after the conservative US state banned abortions for women who are more than six weeks pregnant.

The rule was incredibly controversial when it was introduced and signed by Governor Greg Abbott earlier this year and sparked a wave of protests.

There were several legal challenges saying the law was against the constitution, however it was allowed to proceed.

Credit: Alamy
Credit: Alamy

It has seen loads of women flee the state to get the procedure done, but forced others to go through with their unwanted pregnancy because they cannot afford to travel interstate.

However, it seems like some Texan men are coming to the rescue but snipping their bits to ensure they don't get someone else knocked up.

Koushik Shaw from the Austin Urology Institute in Texas told The Washington Post that he's seen a 15 per cent increase in the number of men phoning up to ask for a vasectomy.

He recalled how he hasn't really seen people making this decision as a result of government legislation before.

"'Hey, I'm actually here because some of these changes that [Texas Gov. Greg] Abbott and our legislature have passed that are really impacting our decision-making in terms of family planning,' so that was a new one for me as a reason-the first time, patients are citing a state law as their motivating factor," he explained.

Sarah Miller also provides vasectomies and revealed to The Washington Post it was good to see men taking charge of their half of the pregnancy journey.

Credit: Alamy
Credit: Alamy

"It warms my heart to hear men say, 'I am so nervous, but I know this is NOTHING compared to what my wife has gone through'," she said.

Andy Gress was motivated to take control of his family's birth control after he and his wife had their fourth child.

He said he wanted to 'man up' and get a vasectomy so that he could ensure his wife wasn't shouldering the entire responsibility not to get pregnant.

Texas isn't alone in its legislation against abortion.

According to The Post, there are 20 other US states who have legislated or proposed new rules against women having a safe termination of their pregnancy.

The US Supreme Court is even set to look back into the iconic Roe vs Wade case next year, which legalised abortion across America.

Featured Image Credit: Jim West/Alamy Live News

Topics: Texas, News, abortion, Health

Stewart Perrie
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