A 31-year-old woman who had her tubes removed says she never has to worry about an 'oopsie' pregnancy in a post-Roe v. Wade America: 'This has given me so much peace'

  • Sarah G. told Insider she made the decision to get a salpingectomy after a leaked draft opinion foreshadowed the overturn 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 an "oopsie" pregnancy, she said.

After the Supreme Court's draft opinion on Roe v. Wade leaked this past May, Sarah G. made the decision.

Sarah, who declined to give her full last name — citing privacy concerns, knew she didn't want to have any children for years.

After the leaked draft opinion was published, she began reading up on permanent solutions. She scrolled through a subreddit on living child-free by choice and found a spreadsheet of doctors who perform sterilization on women in each state. She told Insider she called the first one in New York she saw listed on the spreadsheet, and he agreed to do her surgery — called a salpingectomy.

That is a surgical procedure in which a doctor removes the fallopian tubes, ensuring that fertilized eggs can't descend into the uterus and cause pregnancy.

Sarah, a 31-year-old preschool teacher in New York, said she's been sure she wouldn't want children since she was 25. She's been on hormonal birth control since she was 19 but she wanted a permanent option, which is why she began exploring a salpingectomy.

"I don't want to be that responsible for another human for the rest of my life because parenting's a big deal," she said. "You're raising a human. It's just not for me. It's that simple."

When she met with the doctor in August, she expected him to talk her out of doing the surgery. But "he was absolutely receptive," she said.

"He's like, 'Yeah, no, you're an adult,'" she recalled him saying to her. "'It's not up to me.'"

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

"My own country doesn't see me as a human who deserves rights and can choose what to do with their own body," she said.

"According to the lawmakers in this country, I don't have a brain in my head," she added. "I shouldn't be allowed to choose what I do with my own body."

Sarah acknowledges that she lives in a blue state that's unlikely to roll back abortion access. But she still fears that abortion access in New York might 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 still remains legal.

That possibility scares Sarah.

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

She said she wants to trust in the idea that New York will forever remain a blue state that ensures abortion access, "but I'm not naive enough to do so."

Sarah said she recovered just days after the surgery and now feels like she has peace of mind because she knows she won't have an "oopsie" pregnancy.

"It's normal for a woman to not want kids," she said. "Society tells us it's not, but some people just don't want to be parents, and that's okay. Maybe my story will help normalize it."


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