Actress proposes mandatory vasectomies in response to restrictive abortion laws
Evan Rachel Wood has called for mandatory vasectomies for men in response to harsh abortion bills being introduced in the US. The actress says it is a way to prevent unwanted pregnancies when abortion is not an option.
Wood made the comment in response to Georgia banning abortion after a heartbeat is detected, which is usually at six weeks. Women often don’t know they are pregnant until at least the fifth week, so the law makes abortion very difficult. “They want to control our bodies,” Wood said.
Mandatory vasectomies until you want to have children. They can be reversed, so. Come on guys, Lets save lives! Whats that? A hard no? Why? Cause its your body and we dont get to make that choice for you? Ooooooohhhhhh!!!— #EvanRachelWould (@evanrachelwood) May 10, 2019
“Mandatory vasectomies until you want to have children. They can be reversed, so,” she tweeted. “Come on guys, Let's save lives!”
“What’s that? A hard no? Why? Cause it’s your body and we don’t get to make that choice for you? Ooooooohhhhhh!!!” she added.
Wood’s suggestion was met with support among her followers. However, unsurprisingly, many questioned the logic behind it and expressed displeasure at the idea.
I read a girls suggestion that they would need a consenting partner to reverse it for parenthood, and honestly I love that suggestion.— Julie (@JulieOtheWolves) May 10, 2019
You jest, but sterilization combined with strong family planning is why the Netherlands have the lowest abortion rates in the world. If that's what these ideologues want to achieve, instead of criminalizing pregnancy, they should support @PPFA.https://t.co/N1IaoVoOZI— Scarlett Burroughs #ImpeachTrump 🍑 (@scarburro) May 10, 2019
90% chance success rate for a reversed vasectomy within the first 10 years after having one.— Jess 🐳 (@jessisme23) May 10, 2019
my vasectomy was the best decision i ever made (i was 28 & knew i didn’t want kids, ever) bc it’s wildly irresponsible to be flinging loaded, life ruining sperm at ppl all willy nilly like that 🤷♂️— Spaghetti Policy? (@alt_PastaTits) May 10, 2019
Not sure why you thought this was clever. No one and no law is forcing women to have hysterectomies. That is the female equivalent to a vasectomy, not an abortion. Because, you know: science.— Allie Beth Stuckey (@conservmillen) May 10, 2019
For some percentage of men a "reversible" vasectomy would probably end up as de facto sterilization, with all the consent in the world being unable to fix it.— Donald Main (@WinterShorts) May 10, 2019
Very sorry, but not the same thing at all. No human life terminated during a vasectomy. Just facts.— John F. Lovell (@JohnFLovell) May 10, 2019
All the more reason for all sexually active men to get one! Better start rounding them up now. Surely they will all agree with this lifesaving plan.— Dana Stevens (@thehighsign) May 10, 2019
Wood later clarified her position, explaining she doesn’t really want mandatory vasectomies because she doesn’t “believe we should legislate peoples bodies.”
“I used the example to point out the hypocrisy of always putting the responsibility, punishment, blame, or means of prevention, solely on women,” she explained.
I dont want mandatory vasectomies because I dont believe we should legislate peoples bodies, its a dangerous slippery slope. I used the example to point out the hypocrisy of always putting the responsibility, punishment, blame, or means of prevention, solely on women.— #EvanRachelWould (@evanrachelwood) May 10, 2019
Wood also took aim at the media’s coverage of her suggestion. She shared a Newsweek article about her idea, pointing out that a domestic violence law she wrote didn’t get coverage, but when she made “a joke about vasectomies,” the outlet thought it was newsworthy. “We will sensationalize a man’s member before we listen to a woman’s suffering.” she said.
For the record, I penned my own law for domestic violence survivors in CA, assembled the team that got it passed through the Senate public safety committee unanimously. Its on its way to the assembly now, but make a joke about vasectomies? Newsweek. https://t.co/OorjcklKhw— #EvanRachelWould (@evanrachelwood) May 11, 2019
We will sensationalize a mans member, before we listen to a womans suffering.— #EvanRachelWould (@evanrachelwood) May 12, 2019
The social media scuffle comes as fellow actress Alyssa Milano called on women to withhold sex to protest a number of restrictive abortion bills, which includes Alabama’s upcoming vote on a bill to ban abortion once a fertilized egg is in utero, which happens before a woman’s period is even due and would make abortion near impossible.Also on rt.com Sex strike to stop abortion bills? Alyssa Milano’s protest raises eyebrows
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