An Iowa doctor is traveling around the state offering free vasectomies out of his mobile clinic during the days surrounding World Vasectomy Day in November, according to a statement shared with the Daily Caller News Foundation.
Dr. Esgar Guarin runs a mobile vasectomy clinic, which his friends call the “nutcracker,” decorated with large images of sperm, according to the Associated Press. The clinic travels throughout the state offering fast, “stress-free” vasectomies for $599, according to its website, and it will perform 40 free vasectomies in a week during November as part of World Vasectomy Day celebrations, along with discounted vasectomies at his regular clinic.
Guarin began partnering with Planned Parenthood in St. Louis in 2021 to raise awareness of vasectomies, and the procedure became so popular that clinics began performing them in other cities afterwards, according to the AP. Demand for sterilization has reportedly increased following the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade June 24, with Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri performing more than four times as many in July 2022 than in July 2021.
“It’s a very particular moment in reproductive rights in the United States. And we need to we need to talk about it,” Guarin told the AP.
The surge in demand for vasectomies in St. Louis comports with rising interest across the board in elective sterilization as states impose abortion restrictions in the first two trimesters of pregnancy, which were generally considered unconstitutional under the Roe precedent.
Mobile clinics may become more common in the abortion industry as well: Planned Parenthood plans to offer chemical and surgical abortions out of an RV along the Illinois-Missouri border and could expand the project to other states in the future.
Guarin did not immediately respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.