The overturning of Roe v. Wade is prompting abortion supporters to do what pro-life advocates have wanted all along: take responsible actions to prevent unplanned pregnancies.
Some are going on a “sex strike” — and suddenly abstinence does not seem so unreasonable or impossible — while others are seeking out birth control and sterilizations.
Doctors across the country report more patients are asking for long-lasting birth control and sterilizations after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe on June 24, according to a new NPR report.
They include women like Dani Marietti, of Helena, Montana, a 25-year-old who said she never wanted children and hopes to make her therapy career the focus of her life.
“I always knew I didn’t want children, and of course when you say that as a younger person, everyone is like, ‘Oh, you’ll change your mind,’ or, ‘Just wait until you find the one,’” Marietti told NPR. “I always kind of ignored that.”
Once news broke about the Supreme Court abortion ruling, Marietti, who is pro-abortion, said she decided to schedule a permanent sterilization procedure. Earlier this month, she and her friends celebrated the removal of her fallopian tubes at a party that included cookies decorated with pro-abortion sayings like “My body, my choice,” according to the report.
According to the report, Planned Parenthood in Montana has been seeing an “unprecedented” number of patients asking for vasectomies and other sterilization procedures.
Dr. Kavita Arora, a North Carolina OB-GYN and leader of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Committee on Ethics, said doctors in other parts of the country are seeing an increased demand, too.
One of her patients recently sought a sterilization procedure because she “wanted to have autonomous control over her body, and this was her way of ensuring she was the person who got to make the decisions,” Arora told the news outlet.
Here’s more from the report:
How many people sought permanent sterilization after the fall of Roe won’t become clear until next year, says Megan Kavanaugh, a researcher for the Guttmacher Institute, which gathers data related to reproductive health care across the U.S. and supports abortion rights.
But anecdotal reports indicate that more people have been undergoing permanent birth control procedures since the Supreme Court’s June 24 decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which struck down Roe.
However, some doctors have expressed concerns about doing sterilizations on young adults because they may regret it later, Arora said. NPR pointed to studies that found “patients who are sterilized at age 30 or younger are about twice as likely as those over 30 to express regret after getting the procedure.”
For nearly 50 years, Roe allowed gross irresponsibility by forcing states to legalize abortion on demand. More than 63 million unborn babies were killed in abortions as a result, some as a method of birth control.
Now that Roe is gone, about a dozen states are protecting unborn babies by banning abortions again, and more are expected to follow in the coming months. The Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health ruling is saving lives by allowing states to ban abortions and prompting more Americans to take responsible actions to avoid pregnancy.