- Olivier Charbonnet, 28, from Canada, underwent a vasectomy in November.
- He shared his experience on Facebook when the Supreme Court decided to overturn Roe v. Wade.
- “You are not dancing the tango alone, so we have to share the responsibility,” he encouraged other men to take up.
News of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade angered Olivier Charbonneau — even though he doesn’t live in the US.
The 28-year-old is from Canada and had a vasectomy months before the Supreme Court decision. And after the news broke, he used social media to convince other men to do the same.
“A vasectomy is a safe birth control option for women. Birth control is not just about women, it’s about us men,” he wrote in an extensive Facebook post in June. “Be smart, make the right choice.”
In an interview with Insider, Charbonneau said he noticed that only his girlfriends talked or thought about birth control.
“Women were talking about how shocked they were about what was happening in the US,” he said. “But the men were all silent, no one was talking about it.”
Although he does not live in America, Charbon, the news still applies to him and other Canadians. Although the decision was teased in May, when Politico published a draft Supreme Court opinion that would have overturned Roe v. Wade, the news shocked Charbonneau, who said, “It’s not impossible that people are trying to do the same thing here.” “
“Here in Canada, we’re kind of protected,” he said. “But if disenfranchisement happened in Canada, what would happen here?”
At the same time, it’s a way to show solidarity with women in the US by supporting vasectomies, he said.
“I realized that we have gone backwards in the advancement of women’s rights,” he said. “We are taking a step back, we are taking away rights.”
He added, “I think in the U.S., I think, ‘Whoa, it’s a big, big change in entitlement. You can’t even decide whether to keep it or not.’
The Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June, leaving abortion legalization in the hands of individual states.
The Supreme Court overturned Roe, making abortion illegal in at least 22 states. Additional restrictions apply in many other states.
Charbonneau, aged 27, underwent a vasectomy in November last year. He said he was in a relationship at the time and didn’t want the burden of birth control to fall solely on his girlfriend.
“You’re not dancing the tango alone, so we have to share our responsibilities,” he told the insider.
He described the procedure as a simple process that took two weeks. He pointed out that women find it very difficult to access reproductive health.
In Canada, “They tell you, ‘Oh, you’re too young. … But you want to get it one day.’ [a] Lamb,” he said. “So it’s very difficult for women here to get access to contraceptives that prevent the possibility of pregnancy.
“He’s not sick, he’s free, he’s covered by health insurance,” he said.
Ever since he opened up about his own vasectomy, Charbonneau said people have been asking him about the procedure because they seem to be thinking about getting it themselves.
“People are curious about it,” he said, adding that he wants men to “realize that they have a responsibility in birth control.”