Meet a Canadian man who promotes vasectomies after Roe V. Wade

  • Olivier Charbonneau, a 28-year-old Canadian, underwent a vasectomy in November.
  • When the Supreme Court decided to overturn Roe v. Wade, he shared his experience on Facebook.
  • “You don’t tango alone, so we have to share the responsibility,” he said, encouraging other men to tango too.

News of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade enraged Olivier Charbonneau, even though he doesn’t live in the United States.

The 28-year-old is from Canada and had undergone a vasectomy just months before the Supreme Court ruling. And once the news broke, he took to social media to persuade other men to do the same.

“Vasectomy is a safe alternative to female contraception. Contraception is not just for women but for us men,” he wrote in a lengthy Facebook post in June. “Be smart, make the right choice.”

In an interview with Insider, Charbonneau said he noticed only her friends had ever talked about or thought about birth control.

“Women were saying how shocked they were about what was happening in the United States,” he said. “But the men, they were all quiet. No one was talking about it.”

Despite not living in the United States, Charbonneau said the news still applies to him and other Canadians. Although the ruling was teased in May, when Politico released a draft Supreme Court opinion signaling a reversal of Roe v. Wade, the news shocked Charbonneau, because, he said, “it’s not impossible that people are trying to do the same thing here.”

“Here in Canada, we are kind of protected,” he said. “But what if it was here, if the loss of rights was in Canada instead?”

At the same time, speaking out in favor of vasectomy is a way to show solidarity with women in the United States, he said.

“I realized that we had taken a step back for the advancement of women’s rights,” he said. “We take a step back, we take away rights.”

He added: “I think in the United States I’m like, ‘Whoa, that’s a huge, huge rollback on rights. You can’t even decide if you want to keep it or not. “

The Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June, leaving the legality of abortion in the hands of each state.

By overturning Roe, the Supreme Court essentially made it illegal in at least 22 states to obtain an abortion. Additional restrictions are expected in several other states.

Charbonneau underwent his vasectomy last November at the age of 27. He was in a relationship at the time and he didn’t want the burden of birth control to fall exclusively on his girlfriend, he said.

“You don’t tango alone, so we have to share responsibility,” he told Insider.

He described the procedure as a simple process that took about two weeks. He pointed out that women find it more difficult to access reproductive health care.

In Canada, “They’re going to tell you, ‘Oh, you’re too young. … But one day you’re going to want to have [a] child,” he said. “So it’s very difficult for women here” to get preventative reproductive care that will prohibit the possibility of getting pregnant.

“It’s painless. It was free. It was covered by health insurance,” he said.

Ever since he opened up about his own vasectomy, Charbonneau said men have been asking him about the process, apparently because they were considering having one themselves.

“People are curious about it,” he said, adding that he wants men to “understand that they have responsibilities in the world of birth control.”

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