New York Woman Had Tubes Removed to Survive After Roe V. Wade

  • Sarah G. told Insider that she made the decision to have a salpingectomy after a leaked draft opinion foreshadowed the overturning of Roe v. Wade.
  • A salpingectomy is a surgical procedure in which a doctor removes the fallopian tubes to prevent pregnancy.
  • Now Sarah has peace of mind because she knows she won’t have a “late” pregnancy, she said.

After the Supreme Court’s draft opinion on Roe v. Wade was leaked last May, Sarah G. made the decision.

Sarah, who declined to give her full name – citing privacy concerns – knew she didn’t want to have children for years.

After the leaked draft opinion was published, he began reading about permanent solutions. She scrolled through a subreddit about living without children by choice and found a spreadsheet of doctors who perform sterilization on women in every state. She told Insider that she called the first person in New York she saw listed on the spreadsheet, and he agreed to do the surgery — called a salpingectomy — for her.

This is a surgical procedure in which a doctor removes the fallopian tubes, ensuring that fertilized eggs cannot descend into the uterus and cause pregnancy.

Sarah, a 31-year-old preschool teacher in New York, said she’s been certain she didn’t want children since she was 25. She had been on hormonal birth control since she was 19, but wanted a permanent option, so she began exploring a salpingectomy.

“I don’t want to be so responsible for another person for the rest of my life because parenting is a big deal,” she said. “You’re raising a man. It’s just not for me. It’s that simple.”

When she met with the doctor in August, she expected him to forbid her from having the surgery. But “he was absolutely receptive,” she said.

“She’s like, ‘Yeah, no, you’re an adult,'” she remembers telling her. “It does not depend on me”.

When the Supreme Court decided to overturn Roe v. Wade, Sarah said her heart broke.

“My country does not see me as a human being who deserves rights and can choose what to do with his body,” he said.

“According to the lawmakers in this country, I’m out of my mind,” he added. “I shouldn’t be allowed to choose what I do with my body.”

Sarah acknowledges that she lives in a blue state that is unlikely to roll back abortion access. However, she still fears that abortion access in New York may not be a guarantee.

Last month, Sen. Lindsay Graham introduced a bill that seeks to impose a 15-week abortion ban nationwide — even in states where abortion is still legal.

This possibility frightens Sarah.

“I live in a state that is very unlikely to mess with abortion rights,” he said. “But now I heard that Lindsey Graham is trying to do something at the federal level. I’m just like, ‘You know what? I just want to take that out of the equation.”

He said he wants to believe in the idea that New York will forever remain a blue state that guarantees access to abortion, “but I’m not naive enough to do that.”

Sarah said she recovered a few days after the surgery and now feels at peace knowing she won’t have an ‘oops’ pregnancy.

“It’s normal for a woman not to want children,” she said. “Society tells us they’re not, but some people just don’t want to be parents, and that’s okay. Maybe my story will help smooth that over.”

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