Since Paul Erhlich wrote The Population Bomb, it’s long been recognized that uncontrolled human population growth is the greatest threat to our planet. Coupled with an economic recession, many families, including the first family, recognize that small family size is crucial for surviving the current depression and climate crisis. That’s why President Obama has endorsed a $10,000 tax credit for American males that undergo vasectomies, essentially making the surgical procedure free.
According to CNN Health:
Since then, the Cleveland Clinic has seen a 50 percent increase in vasectomies, an outpatient surgery that is the cheapest form of permanent birth control. Vasectomies are less invasive and cheaper than tubal ligation, which involves blocking, tieing or cutting a woman’s fallopian tubes to prevent pregnancy.
But seriously, Obama has not endorsed such a tax credit, as far as I know, but the economic recession has caused an increase in vasectomies. Dr. J. Stephen Jones, who has been performing seven vasectomies a day, explains:
It’s unlikely that some guy read the Dow Jones numbers that day and said, “Why don’t we have a vasectomy?”…They realize they don’t have the financial security long-term with what’s going on. Several of them have mentioned, “We can’t afford to have any more children in this economy.” My perception is that it’s more of the concept of raising children in an uncertain economic future.
The Cornell Institute for Reproductive Medicine in New York has seen a 48% increase in vasectomies consultations over last year. Historically, birth rates did go down during the Great Depression, so it is not unexpected that families are being more conscious about having children more now than in prosperous times. Maybe Obama should consider a tax credit…
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