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Planned Parenthood's Phoenix clinic launches vasectomy services

Planned Parenthood Arizona’s Phoenix clinic on Tuesday began offering vasectomies. 

The organization's chief medical officer, Dr. Jill Gibson, said the Supreme Court’s 2022 Dobbs decision, which paved the way for stricter abortion laws in many states, including Arizona, led to increased demand for vasectomies.

“There’s just been a realization that this is a time to be sure you are not contributing to an unwanted pregnancy," Gibson told KJZZ News. 

Planned Parenthood Arizona’s Tucson health center started offering the procedure about a year ago. About half of that clinic’s vasectomy patients since then have been traveling from across the state, so Gibson said there was an obvious need to offer appointments in Phoenix.

The Phoenix clinic has offered vasectomies in the past, but the service has not been available there for more than a decade, Gibson said. 

Gibson said vasectomy patients don’t need a referral, and depending on insurance, some patients can have a consultation and procedure on the same day.

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Katherine Davis-Young is a senior field correspondent. She has produced work for NPR, New England Public Radio, Southern California Public Radio, PRI's The World, Washington Post, Reuters and more.She has a master’s degree in radio journalism from the USC Annenberg School of Journalism.She lives in central Phoenix with her husband, two daughters, and ill-behaved cat and dog. Her side-passions include photography, crosswords and hot sauce.