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Vasectomy Google searches increase in Indiana after Roe v. Wade leak

Google searches for vasectomy are up 99 percent since the leak last week of the Supreme Court draft opinion that could overturn Roe v. Wade. Questions such as “how much is a vasectomy” and “are vasectomies reversible” went up 250 percent, according to new data analyzed by Innerbody Research.

Bryan Hoff, urologic surgeon at IU Health, notes it is possible but still too early to know if the Roe leak has had a direct effect on the number of patients requesting vasectomies.

Hoff said it’s possible that people concerned about a change in the law might be planning ahead. 

"I think we will see more [men requesting vasectomies]. I've certainly seen a lot of mobilization of people protesting and such ever since [Roe documents were] leaked," Hoff said.

Searches for "vasectomy near me" were most popular in Indiana, Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio, and Florida. These are all states that are likely to ban abortion if Roe v. Wade is overturned.

READ MORE: Activists gather in Indianapolis in response to leaked Supreme Court opinion

Lafayette, Evansville, Indianapolis and Terre Haute are the four top cities where vasectomies were searched, according to Google trends.

The State of Indiana has enacted 55 abortion restrictions and bans in the past decade. If Roe v. Wade is overturned, 13 states automatically will ban abortion, and over a dozen states will restrict abortion access.

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