Snip-a-dee doo-dah

My, oh my, what an infertile day:

Doctors around the United States are reporting a sharp increase in the number of vasectomies performed since the economy soured last year, with one noting that many of his clients are from the beleaguered financial industry.

Their best guess is that the trend is due both to a decreased desire to have children because of the expense involved, and an increased desire to get such medical procedures done before their jobs — and health insurance — disappear.

I note here for the record that I got mine just before the great Oklahoma oil bust of 1982.

(Seen at Hit & Run.)


  1. McGehee »

    24 March 2009 · 1:52 pm

    <crosses legs>

  2. Francis W. Porretto »

    24 March 2009 · 3:58 pm

    What you see here is an integral part of the devolution of the familial ethic under pressure from the leviathan State.

    Time was, we understood children to be one of the chiefest of all reasons to love, and to rejoice in love. But when the legal and political hazards rise too high, to say nothing of the emotional ones, we retreat from procreation.

    As Mark Steyn has observed, we’re running short of posterity to secure the blessings of liberty for — and we have only ourselves to blame.

  3. CGHill »

    24 March 2009 · 5:48 pm

    My own retreat was based on “two ought to be enough, don’t you think?” Besides, I was still married at the time, and the Pill played hell with her internals, so this was the path of least resistance.

    As for those two, they’ve spawned four more. I believe I’ve done my part.

  4. Tatyana »

    24 March 2009 · 6:29 pm

    McG, you’re adorable.

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