A TikTok of a husband walking back to their car after getting a vasectomy has gone viral.
The text overlay on the video says, “When he gets a vasectomy for you because you reside in a red state.”
TikToker Karah Matanic and her husband, like many others, made the decision to protect themselves after SCOTUS overturned Roe v. Wade, effectively making abortion illegal in many states with trigger laws that went into effect either immediately or shortly after Roe was overturned.
The New York Times is keeping a running record of states with bans and restrictions in place, and the uncertain future of abortion in the United States, with 17 states with bans already in place or waiting to take effect in the near future.
While some folks are taking precautions to stock up on the Morning After Pill, others are going to doctors for vasectomies, since doctors are notoriously difficult about people with uteruses getting their tubes tied.
TikToker @karahmatanic a.k.a.Karah Matanic and her husband were one such couple. Vasectomies are significantly easier to get a doctor to sign off on than tubal ligations, and the couple scheduled Matanic’s husband’s appointment to protect against future pregnancies.
The video has been viewed over 4.2 million times and was the woman’s first video on her account.
MedicineNet defines a vasectomy as “a surgical procedure designed to make a man sterile by cutting or blocking both the right and left vas deferens, the tubes through which sperm pass into the ejaculate.” It is a significantly low-risk procedure, and just three months after a vasectomy semen will no longer contain any sperm, making pregnancy virtually impossible.
According to a report by Bloomberg, since the overturning of Roe there has been a significant increase in appointments made for sterilization.
“In Ohio, where abortions are now prohibited after six weeks into pregnancy, the Cleveland Clinic went from lining up three or four vasectomies a day to 90,” wrote reporter Sri Taylor.
“Des Moines, Iowa, urologist Esgar Guarín said he typically performs 40 to 50 vasectomies a month; last weekend alone 20 men registered,” Taylor went on. “Koushik Shaw of the Austin Urology Institute in Texas said his office received about 70 calls within the hour of the ruling.”
Many commenters on the TikTok video applauded the couple’s decision, and a number of them suggested it’s a great idea for couples who don’t want to have any more children.
Matanic replied to a commenter who thought the couple’s family was their business, saying, “He looks too young for that.. damn rip.”
In the video, she showed the camera one of their three children and sarcastically said, “Thank you for bringing the same energy that they bring into the doctor’s office when I wanted to get my tubes tied.”