Planned Parenthood Wisconsin Expands Men’s Reproductive Health Care · The Badger Herald

Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin is launching a new program in partnership with the Medical College of Wisconsin that will provide safe and affordable vasectomies due to high demand following the Dobbs decision, according to a Planned Parenthood press release.

The press release announced that beginning February 16, 2023, patients will be able to book vasectomies that will be performed at Planned Parenthood at Water Street Health Center in Milwaukee.

“Providing this highly effective form of birth control is in line with our mission and commitment to provide family planning and reproductive health care to all who need us, come what may,” said Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin president and CEO Tanya Atkinson in an email statement to The Badger Herald.

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The Dobbs decision, which came out in June, reverted Roe v. Wade, holding that abortion is no longer a constitutional right. In this decision, access to abortion became a state matter.

in wisconsin, Dobbs come into force again a state law passed in 1849 which prohibits doctors in Wisconsin from performing abortions unless they save the mother’s life. THe Dobbs decision has “put abortion care out of reach for many Wisconsin residents,” according to the findings of Collaborative for Reproductive Equity.

Atkinson said since the Dobbs decision, men have expressed their need to share responsibility for preventing pregnancy as they see women’s reproductive freedoms eroded.

“Vasectomies are both safer and more cost-effective than tubal ligation, but in the U.S. they have been used for years at a much lower rate than what is sometimes called ‘female sterilization,'” said University of Wisconsin CORE director Jenny Higgins , in an email statement to The Badger Herald.

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In the press release, Dr. Jay Sandlow, interim chair of the Department of Urology at the Medical College of Wisconsin, said they are proud to be partnering with Planned Parenthood to improve access to reproductive care in Wisconsin.

Planned Parenthood has been trying to improve access to reproductive health care since 1916, according to its website.

“While the post-Roe landscape is dire, it’s encouraging that one of the consequences could be greater use of an excellent birth control option — especially if it means more shared responsibility for pregnancy prevention between genders,” Higgins said.

The state of Wisconsin’s abortion ban is one of many important decisions soon to be made by the Wisconsin Supreme Court. The Feb. 21 Wisconsin Supreme Court primary will be the first step in deciding who will succeed Justice Patience Roggensacka conservative judge.

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