(PatriotWise.com)- According to an analysis of Google Trends, after the leak of the draft abortion opinion Justice Samuel Alito wrote in February, online searches for vasectomies surged.
After the draft was published by Politico, daily searches for vasectomies increased by 99 percent.
Additional analysis conducted by home health product research company, Innerbody Research, found online searches for both “is a vasectomy reversible” and “how much is a vasectomy” increased by 250 percent.
In Michigan, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, and Florida searches for “vasectomy near me” was the most popular vasectomy-related search.
But NBC News believes that the increase in Google searches on vasectomies means something significant.
Today interviewed a researcher from Innerbody Research who claimed that the increase in searches related to vasectomies suggested that men are “joining the conversation” about “reproductive rights” and doing a Google search shows some of those men are “stepping up to help prevent unwanted pregnancies.”
It would be interesting to see whether Google searches on “moving to Canada” skyrocketed after Donald Trump won the presidency in 2016.
And we all know how few people followed through on their threat to move to Canada.
Assuming Google searches will translate into action is absurd.
Besides, the men who genuinely want to get a vasectomy would be talking to their doctor, not doing Google searches.
But the story did give Today an opportunity to promote vasectomies, which was probably the point of bringing up the Google Trends analysis in the first place.
Today interviewed an NYU board-certified urologist who said over the past year, his practice has seen an increase in men seeking vasectomies. Dr. Jed Kaminetsky told Today that this year he has seen more young men who don’t want to have children than he has in the past.
At the same time, Dr. Kaminetsky said he hasn’t seen an uptick in appointments since Politico published Alito’s draft opinion, nor is his practice “preparing” for a flood in patients.