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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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3:33AM PDT on Aug 26, 2014

Thank you for posting

12:27PM PDT on Aug 22, 2014

Good luck with this program. Getting 1,000 surgeries done thru out 25 countries in 24 hrs does sound do-able. Hope it happens.

12:43AM PDT on Aug 22, 2014

Interesting article, thank you!

6:43PM PDT on Aug 9, 2014


2:42PM PDT on Aug 9, 2014


5:06AM PDT on Aug 6, 2014

The U.S. is projected to add 82 million people within the next 35 years. World population is projected to increase by more than 2 billion during the same time period.
Population growth is already jeopardizing our quality of life. Thank you to people who stop at 0-2 children.

6:36PM PDT on Jul 30, 2014


If everything happens according to "god's master plan", the millions abortions have to be part of it too. Why do you selectively oppose part of god's plan?

6:23PM PDT on Jul 30, 2014

Elaine A. While you can believe and hold your own opinions. You are not entitled to your own facts.

Fact we have population problem that is growing. These are real world problems that can not be simply prayed away. It requires attention and solutions. One of those solutions is for men to be adults and consider the birth control that is available to them.

I have had a vasectomy. I fathered a child and was done. i made the mature decision to have a vasectomy. To assure that i would not father any more children. Thankfully being pagan, Wiccan specifically, My man hood is not threatened by a vasectomy or any birth control. Sad that your religion teaches you that a man must be ashamed. To make such a mature decision. No, not sad. Just pathetic.

5:06PM PDT on Jul 30, 2014

Cont...en, which leaves this a non issue because 1) God's plan for all souls to pass through the bag of waters will not be thwarted and 2) the only men that would be "remotely interested" in this procedure, are those that have already had the number of children they desire.

5:04PM PDT on Jul 30, 2014

First of all, this "over population" is as ridiculous as Al Gore's Global Warming!!! God created approximately 12 billion souls ( read your Bible's, if you have one and then pray for wisdom that God will open your eyes to see such. There are approximately 6 billion souls on the planet currently. Most of those twelve billion have dearly departed us and are back with God, who created them in the first place. To help make this a bit easier for those who have no understanding of this fact....just remember, contemplate and think of how many people die throughout the world on a daily basis and how many are being born? Here is another way one may choose to look at the "situation", millions of innocent babies are aborted each year, the vast majority of people living on the planet now, are the baby boomers and elderly. So, baby boomers realize that your life is closer to death, if you are over the age of 50, your life is far more than half over. Most will be blessed in this diseased world if they make it into their 70's. that is factual. BUT, more importantly, God has His divine plan of having all souls being born from above and they must be born through the bag of waters. That will more than likely confuse the hell out of most readers and requires an additional deeper study of God's word, but nonetheless those are the facts. Therefore, not every man, in fact the vast majority want nothing to do with anyone cutting around the family jewels regardless of whether or not they want childr

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