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Lights, camera ... CUT! Live vasectomies to go online

LIVE vasectomy operations will streamed online uncut and performed in front of an audience to mark World Vasectomy Day.

Australia will host the world's-first vasectomy-athon on October 18, asking men to take a very personal action to save the planet, protect their families and do right by themselves.

On World Vasectomy Day 1000 men in 25 countries will line up for the ultimate snip to show they care about the growing strain that population is placing on the planet's resources, their families and themselves.

The world's most prolific vasectomist, Dr Doug Stein, will perform live vasectomies in front of an audience in Adelaide at the Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus) to launch the inaugural World Vasectomy Day event streamed live online. Renowned thinkers, academics and activists will surround the operating room as they debate the future of our planet.

World Vasectomy Day is the creation of Oscar-nominated and Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Jonathan Stack, who while setting out to tell his own story about getting a vasectomy, met legendary Florida-based vasectomist Dr Doug Stein and together, ended up making a film about population on the planet - The Vasectomist. 

The journey inspired them to create a movement to raise global awareness of: the dangers an ever-increasing population has on the planet's finite resources; and vasectomy as a viable solution to prevent unintended pregnancies.

"We're asking men who do not want more children to shoulder the burden of family plnning, to fight for their family, their community, their country and our planet," says Stack.  "To be like Frodo in 'The Lord of the Rings.

"By throwing our fertility into the fire, we're protecting our women, our families and future generations.

Australia has one of the highest uptake rates of vasectomy in the world and this trailblazing spirit led the producers to launch WVD in Australia to set the stage for the global conversation. 

RiAus director Paul Willis welcomed the partnership as a prime opportunity to host a world-class knowledge-sharing forum addressing critical science related issues within the context of a highly innovative and ambitious multiplatform public event:

"This event will take vasectomy out of the medical suite and into the homes of people who may never have considered vasectomy.  It will be an important way of encouraging people to think about how their ecological footprint leaves its mark on the planet," says Willis.

The live-streamed vasectomy-athon will feature Dr Stein performing vasectomies while fielding questions from both the live Adelaide audience and an international online audience.  

"Can vasectomies really make a difference?  Mine made a big difference in my life, and to this day I consider it the single most important contribution I have personally made to the wellbeing of future generations, "  Ehrlich says.

World Vasectomy Day is co-produced by Jonathan Stack's New York-based Gabriel Films and Sydney-based Smith&Nasht, a media production company founded by Simon Nasht and Dick Smith.



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