World Vasectomy Day is being held on Oct. 18, when surgeons around the world have undertaken to perform the operation, in many cases before a live audience while others will be filmed.
The event will be launched in front of a live audience at the Royal Institute of Australia’s Science Exchange in Adelaide and an international online audience.
This “vasectomy-athon” was inspired by New York based documentary film-maker Jonathan Stack and vasectomist Dr Doug Stein, who wanted to set the stage for a global conversation about the social, cultural and ethical issues of an ever-increasing population and the effect it has on the planet’s finite resources.
They will be joined by renowned biologist and educator Prof Paul Ehrlich, author of The Population Bomb. RiAus Director Dr Paul Willis, an experienced science broadcaster, will host the day.
World Vasectomy Day (WVD) is the largest male-oriented global family planning event ever, taking place with a goal to have 1,000 vasectomies performed across 25 countries in 24 hours.
“When we began our journey, we originally imagined focusing on the fast rising populations of sub Saharan Africa, Haiti, Indonesia and the Philippines, but we soon realized that from a carbon footprint perspective, there was no more important place to put our effort than the US,” said Stack. “In just the past few weeks, we’ve been able to get over 50 US vasectomists and urologists committed to participating in our global vasectomy-athon on Oct. 18.”
“Part of our plan is to create a ‘pop up’ vasectomy clinic in NYC that would launch on Oct. 18 to help us achieve our goal of lowering our carbon footprint on the World Vasectomy Day while inspiring a global conversation about the largest challenge humanity faces…ourselves,” said Stack. “Indeed, we believe that vasectomies are an extremely powerful way men can do something for themselves, their families and all of our future.”
Well over 100 doctors have signed up for the Day so far. While the majority are based in America, every continent is represented (including medics from Australia, China, India, and the Philippines; Kenya, Malawi and Rwanda; Canada, Colombia, Haiti, Puerto Rico; Germany, Ireland, Spain and the UK), and the list continues to grow.
This international effort is helping men to make a direct and unique contribution to a sustainable world population.
Men who sign up to register their interest to participate via the website http://worldvasectomyday.org will be matched with a participating vasectomy doctor in their area wherever possible. Clinics are already being planned in Seattle, Nashville, Minnesota, NYC, LA and Denver and the list is growing.
Dr. Douglas Stein, one of the world’s most prolific vasectomists, said, “In my opinion, vasectomy is the single best option for sexually active heterosexual men whose families are complete. It is a win for yourself, for your family and for all of our future.”
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