Honduras Women’s Groups Call for Voluntary Vasectomies

Women’s groups in Honduras are asking Honduran men to undergo vasectomies. “After all the history of planning by women, it’s only fair that men start planning as well, and I recommend that it be through the vasectomy,” said Alba de Mejia, a leading feminist in Honduras. The Honduras government supplies the population with condoms for disease prevention, but little is done to aid the 5.8 million people living in poverty.

Men in Honduras rarely undergo vasectomy. In a society whose culture focuses on machismo, many adhere to the myth that vasectomies, which cuts sperm flow into semen, decrease virility.

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AP - February 16, 1998

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