Imagine if the current law on abortion, applied to the Snip:
- Any man who wants to curtail his reproductive abilities 4EVA would have to undergo counselling first, as it is such a major decision.
- A man could only get a vasectomy if he could show to have further children would be detrimental to his health (mental or physical). If he is raped, then that could be considered, but it's not a guarantee as he could be making it up just to get a vasectomy.
- If he wants to get a vasectomy on mental health grounds, he's stuck in this weird Catch 22, where-by he has to be sufficiently unstable to convince two certifying consultants to have a child would place too much strain on his fragile state, but also sane enough to be able to make a conscious and considered choice. Sucks to be him.
- He will have to deal with thoughtless people labelling men who get the snip as selfish, irrational, not paternal and wantonly promiscuous (they will say the last in a tone that makes it clear they think it is A Bad Thing).
We have vasectomy on demand in this country, although I suspect there is a bit of a wait if you can't afford the reasonably small fee to go private. Isn't the decision to end your ability to have children forevermore even more significant than that to terminate one pregnancy that may or may not have been viable? Yet we don't require men to go through any of the hoops facing women seeking a termination.
Could it be that our society trusts men to make their own decisions about their own bodies? Now, there's a name for that kind of attitude, what is it again, hmmm, it's on the tip of my fingers...
Postscript: After I'd finished and scheduled this post I saw this by Boganette. Seems some people are at least somewhat consistent with their ridiculous need to control other people's bodies, in particular their reproductive functions.