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World Vasectomy Day Encourages Men to Cut … The Population

World Vasectomy Day Encourages Men to Cut … The Population

October 18th, believe it or not, is World Vasectomy Day.

According to the holiday’s designated website, World Vasectomy Day (WVD) is the “largest male-oriented global family planning event ever. The goal is to have 1,000 vasectomies performed across 25 countries in 24 hours.*”

This event, which includes live screenings of the 15-minute procedure and other such publicity methods that may seem a bit shocking to some, is in fact a noteworthy cause intended to demystify this (minor) surgical procedure and educate people about the benefits of vasectomies. WVD was organized in part to raise awareness about a man’s ability to reduce the global population boom and participate (beyond the use of condoms) in the birth control process. (Although this procedure can be reversed, it should not be thought of as a temporary birth control option.)

The global human population is now estimated to be over SEVEN BILLION and is expected to reach eight billion as soon as 2025. [1] There are also an estimated 153 million orphans living in the world today. [2] When we look at the overpopulation issues we are now facing and the number of children already in need of a family, many serious questions loom before us:

  • What responsibility does each of us have to slow the population growth?
  • If you do wish to be a parent, should you help take care of the children already on this planet before you biologically reproduce?
  • In this day and age, is choosing NOT to have a biological child in fact less selfish than choosing to have a biological child?

In their letter to men, WVD organizers state: “…making a difference in the world today and [for] the wellbeing of the planet in the future, getting a vasectomy is something you should choose, only if it’s right for you… We might all have different reasons for getting a vasectomy, but at the end of the day, for the vast majority of people the procedure puts us in a place of self-empowerment for our fertility and our fatherhood.”

This is a serious decision for any man to make and not something to take lightly, but I hope that World Vasectomy Day will cause us all to think carefully about the issues this campaign is highlighting

*The registration period for this event is over.


To see the global population growing in real time check out this world clock.
To learn more about this event and the procedures being used on WVD, check out the holiday’s PDF.


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10:00AM PST on Jan 5, 2015


8:56AM PST on Jan 5, 2015

Thank you

3:38PM PST on Jan 3, 2015

Marvelous - this is good medical practice. Let's educate children well and keep people healthy.

4:27AM PST on Dec 22, 2014


3:00PM PST on Nov 21, 2014

no way

10:01PM PST on Nov 18, 2014

Thank you

2:20PM PST on Nov 16, 2014

........for the health of the world your already living children will inherit....get a vasectomy......fewer people should and could help decrease demand and consumption.........or at least gives earth a chance.

@Darren, usually love your comments, but its not population density.....its how much demand for things = consumption that more and more people create....and then in the other end the waste.......and the pollution, energy, etc.....

the earth has finite resources (except maybe energy from the sun while its still burning_....and the more people the less to go around especially if too many of us like in the US and western Europe over-consume and don't reduce, reuse, recycle, compost, etc........fewer people at least gives us better odds and a longer time till all the resources run out.....

1:51PM PDT on Oct 18, 2014

Hello Elaine, I would love to know where in the Bible you read about 12 billion souls! I was a Biblical Studies major in university and I am a Christian, I've read the Bible. I'm also very happy being childfree!

1:49PM PDT on Oct 18, 2014

This is an awesome holiday, just shared on Childfree groups I use... Shared last year too.

4:29AM PDT on Aug 30, 2014

I'm not so sure that we have got an issue with population, so much as the actual density of populations of people per country. . . take a plane journey anywhere, or better still check out Google Maps, and notice the VAST TRACTS of land uninhabited. . . the problem humanity has, it appears, is, it is concentrated on small parts of the surface of the earth, rather than spreading out more. . . of course, there is a cost to that spreading out

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