Actress Evan Rachel Wood Claims Men Should be Forced to Have ‘Mandatory Vasectomies’


Activist actress Evan Rachel Wood thought she had a clever rejoinder to men who want to legislate restrictions for abortion by exclaiming that men should have “mandatory vasectomies.”

Wood posted her suggestion to Twitter on Thursday as the debate continues to rage in Hollywood about the State of Georgia’s “fetal heartbeat” law banning abortion as soon as a heartbeat is discernable in the womb (usually at 5 or 6 weeks into the pregnancy).

“Mandatory vasectomies until you want to have children,” Wood wrote. “They can be reversed, so. 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!!!”

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Of course, Wood’s medical point is not sound. Many vasectomies are not “reversible,” and those that are performed to be reversible are not guaranteed. Pregnancy rates are also much lower for men with reversed vasectomies. According to the Mayo Clinic, it could be as low as 30 percent. Furthermore, the older the vasectomy, the less likely it is that a reverse operation will succeed.

Despite the possibility of reversing the operation, the truth is, doctors consider a vasectomy a form of permanent contraception and will warn men that a reversal is far from a sure thing.

The Westworld star did tweet a follow-up to further explain her point.

“I don’t want mandatory vasectomies because I don’t believe we should legislate people’s bodies, it’s a dangerous slippery slope,” she tweeted the next day.

Pro-life supporters, though, point out that abortion legislation does not “legislate a woman’s body” because a fetus is not “the woman’s body,” but is a separate human being.

Many in Hollywood are up in are over Georgia’s “heartbeat” law. Georgia has a large film industry with many TV shows and movies using Georgia facilities to shoot their projects. The heartbeat law has brought a call from activists in Hollywood to boycott the Peach Stat’s movie industry. But according to the Los Angeles Times, though it is receiving a lot of lip service, the boycott is not resulting in many film companies or actors abstaining from Georgia’s film industry.

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