I have heard quite a few radio ads as of late, trying to sell vasectomies as a quick and painless procedure for men. Vasectomies are the number one method of male birth control and the ads are run at all hours of the day. I have not heard any media discussion or any church groups that are working together to ban the airing of these ads. Nor have I read any discussion that is working to force these doctors that provide this service to add in health warnings that vasectomies do not prevent STI’s or STD’s. The men and their available method of birth control, is simply left alone. Men do not need a referral from their doctors in most cases to book an appointment, they can simply make an appointment over the phone and ‘snip snip’ their boys no longer run the risk of creating babies.
Where are the protests? Where is the public outcry that governments should regulate the male body? Why is there zero parallel between a woman’s body making political headlines and a mans?
Parents are free to choose to circumcise their baby boys, and grown men are free to choose to get a vasectomy or a circumcision. Men have the freedom of choice when it comes to their penis. Doctors may choose to council their patients out of having a vasectomy if too young but these are individual decisions without regulation or restriction from the government. The responsibility lies in the highly educated medical professional making a recommendation to his patient and patient doing what he feels is right for him, nothing more and nothing less.
In case anyone may be making the wrong conclusions from the above, let me be clear that I think all of the above is perfectly acceptable. Men should be free to make their own choices with their own bodies free of government regulations and restrictions. Men look to the medical professionals to perform a required service when they have worked towards an educated decision for their own bodies. There is no counseling required, just a few waivers and paperwork followed by a quick in and out.
Maybe this is in part because vasectomies are not being blamed for the disintegration of our society, or the demoralizing about what sex’s true purpose is. Men are not being hounded and picketed for making a choice that stops the creation of life. They are not murders for failing to allow their millions of swimmers from reaching their targeted goal. Or perhaps the media just forgot to report on all the religious rights who are trying to end vasectomies today. Just something to think about if you have ever tried to restrict a woman from doing what she feels is necessary to ensure that she prevents procreating when the time is not appropriate. Men have freedom of choice, and woman should have no less than equal consideration.
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