Evan Rachel Wood: Men Should Get 'Mandatory Vasectomies' After New Abortion Laws in Georgia, Ohio

Evan Rachel Wood Says Men Should Get 'Mandatory Vasectomies' After Georgia and Ohio's New Abortion Laws
Evan Rachel Wood speaks during the 2019 Women's March Los Angeles on January 19. Wood suggested men have mandatory vasectomies in response to Georgia's Fetal Heartbeat bill. Chelsea Guglielmino/Getty Images

Actress Evan Rachel Wood was one of many women outraged this week by anti-abortion legislation recently passed in Georgia that would make it more difficult for women to terminate unwanted pregnancies. The Westworld star and women's rights advocate suggested a simple solution to effectively prevent pregnancies and reduce the likelihood of a woman ever having to face the decision to get an abortion: Make vasectomies mandatory.

"Please. We have been abused and used enough. They want control of our bodies. I can't even begin to explain the terrifying implications of this. Help. Please. They are going to try and overturn Roe vs Wade and countless women are going to die. Everyone STAND UP," Wood wrote on Twitter on Thursday.

In a follow-up tweet, Wood made the mandatory vasectomy suggestion and predicted what she expected would be a hyprocritical response from supporters of anti-abortion bills.

She continued: "Mandatory vasectomies until you want to have children. They can be reversed, so. Come on guys, Let's save lives! What's that? A hard no? Why? Cause its' your body and we don't get to make that choice for you? Ooooooohhhhhh!!!"

A vasectomy prevents men's sperm from reaching the semen that ejaculates from the penis, making it one of the most preventative means of birth control, according to the Urology Care Foundation. The organization said that yearly, about two out of every 1,000 women get pregnant from sexual intercourse with a man who's undergone the surgery.

Hundreds of people on social media agreed with Wood's suggestion, including some who added that men should also need to obtain approval from a consenting partner to get a vasectomy reversed, much like anti-abortion advocates who have pushed for a requirement that women obtain consent from the father before an abortion procedure.

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed the Living Infants Fairness and Equality (LIFE) Act, otherwise known as the "Fetal Heartbeat" bill, on Tuesday. The law, which won't go into effect until January 2020, would ban women from having an abortion in the state once a fetal heartbeat is detected. Embryos typically develop a heartbeat within the first five to six weeks of conception, but many women aren't aware of their pregnancies until after that narrow window has elapsed.

Ohio passed a similar bill in April. However, that legislation included a clause that allows doctors to provide abortions when a woman's life is at stake. Republicans in the state presented an even more restrictive bill on Tuesday that would block doctors from performing abortions for ectopic pregnancies, wherein the fertilized egg attaches outside the womb, and more often than not results in the death of the mother.

This bill would also prevent insurance companies from covering the costs of abortion procedures.

"The intent is to save lives and reduce the cost of employers' and employees' health care insurance," Representative John Becker, sponsor of the bill, told Ohio's State News on Tuesday.

He added that the bill would avert doctors from offering nontherapeutic solutions like "drugs or devices used to prevent the implantation of a fertilized ovum," and would encourage them to reinsert the embryo back in the uterus in cases of ectopic pregnancies.

"Part of that treatment would be removing that embryo from the fallopian tube and reinserting it in the uterus so that is defined as not an abortion under this bill," Becker said.

The only problem with that approach is that such a procedure does not exist and is considered medically and scientifically impossible by most doctors.

"That doesn't exist in the realm of treatment for ectopic pregnancy. You can't just re-implant. It's not a medical thing," Jaime Miracle, deputy director of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio, told State News.

As outrage over these bills spreads, Hollywood has been eyeing ways to make an impact that would support women's' health and prevent abortion legislation from gaining more steam.

Three production companies—Blown Deadline Productions, Killer Films and Duplass Brothers Productions—have already launched boycotts in the state of Georgia, vowing to discontinue filming in the state over its new abortion law, according to The Hollywood Reporter.