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.  There are also an estimated 153 million orphans living in the world today.  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.