Hello, Iwaku! Another strange debate topic up today. ^^ Before we get started, here are some rules to moderate the debate: Be polite to your fellow members. Because of conflict in the past, I'm going to go right out and say that this covers ALL swearing directed at a member. (Example: no calling anyone an ass. Saying something is bullshit, however, is acceptable) On a similar note, no direct insulting of generalized or specific people on one side of the issue or another. This includes but is not limited to people who have had this discussion before and politicians who have taken stances on it. No extended two-person dialogue. Wait for another poster to contribute before taking off. No tangents. No factdumping. This thread is for opinions and discussion. This is not for the discussion of non-voluntary sterilization. This includes criminals and those unable to make their own legal choices (mentally disabled or disturbed persons, for example). Now. Voluntary Sterilization refers to an individual choosing to modify his or her body to make having children impossible. This only covers non-reversible* methods, not birth control. The most common forms of voluntary sterilization is a vasectomy, in which a man's vasa deferentia, the tubes that transport sperm from the testes to the rest of the body, are removed, disconnected, or blocked. In women the equivalent is a tubal ligation, which prevents eggs from entering the uterus. These procedures are both legal. However, getting them can be a difficult process- though much easier for men than women because of costs and difficulty, and arguably also due to gender based discrimination. Single persons are often refused on the grounds that they can't know they don't want kids because they haven't had any- being too "immature" to make the decision. They can also be refused due to the doctor's personal beliefs, or, rarely, due to medical reasons. What do you think, Iwaku? What requirements should there be for a person to get a voluntary sterilization procedure?