Vasectomy time!

Urologists told The Washington Post that they have seen a spike in requests for the procedure in response to the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.

[Doug]Stein said that before Friday, he received four or five vasectomy requests a day. Since the court’s decision was announced, that number has spiked to 12 to 18 requests per day…

Some physicians are facing confusion and fear in a post-Roe world. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) joined several other professional organizations and medical journals in the past few days in warning that the ruling will affect health care beyond abortion, posing new risks for patients and possibly increasing maternal mortality. Doctors are concerned about the impact on situations including miscarriage and in vitro fertilization. The practice of medicine will be reshaped, the group said, or even contradicted “by laws not founded in science or based on evidence…”

There has been a push for vasectomies in anticipation of Roe being overturned and antiabortion legislation taking effect in states across the country. Stein and other vasectomy proponents have taken to the streets and child support offices to encourage people to get the procedure.

When I got my vasectomy in 1960, I lived in what was often termed “a good Catholic state” … 13 years before Roe vs Wade became the law of the land. So, if you’re wondering where this crap focus on anti-abortion regulation can lead, I should let you know that religious nutballs have no intention of stopping anywhere short of that spooky old bearded ghost that whispers in their ear when they’re high on Godspeak in their church of choice.

Vasectomies were written into that state’s anti-abortion regulations. Their Catholic God told them it was as much a sin as an abortion … and the penalties for getting that simple procedure were the same as an abortion. The urologist was liable for just as much jail time as any gynecologist performing an abortion.

Welcome to the nutball political past.

‘March madness’ offer — get a free pizza with every vasectomy

An enterprising Massachusetts doctor is marking America’s ‘March madness’ basketball season by offering a free pizza with every vasectomy.

Evan Cohen, manager of Urology Associates of Cape Cod, says his patients will be able to watch games as they recover from the 20-minute operation while enjoying their favourite margarita, pepperoni or Hawaiian pizza.

According to Mr Cohen, March is the most popular month for vasectomy procedures, with men preferring to recuperate in the early spring rather than during the summer months.

Millions of men – and many women – take sick days from work during March Madness to watch the NCAA’s college basketball tournament, which features a series of 68 knock out-games on television all through the day and evening for much of March.

Vasectomies usually take between two days and a week to recover from, meaning men who have the procedure will be able to take advantage of the time of year to stay at home and watch basketball on television.

Mr Cohen told ABC: “We see about 100 consults in March, when we typically may only have 20 to 30 [in other months]. We wanted men to relax, and give them an excuse to watch the game.”

I can dig it. And a terrific excuse for time off from work.