When asked if it was the law, the OB-GYN replied and said it wasn't, but it was their policy.
Doctors are supposed to help you; the last thing you'd expect them to be is regressive and judgemental. A woman’s tweet about a visit to her OB-GYN has gone viral and for all the wrong reasons. Holli revealed that her OB-GYN would not allow her to get tubal ligation without her husband's permission. When she asked the doctor why that was necessary, she was told that it was their policy to get approval from a male partner before going through with the procedure. It appears that people don't want women to make decisions about their own bodies. Go figure!
My OBGYN just said if I want my tubes tied electively then my husbands signature is also required on the release form.— 𝓗𝓸𝓵𝓵𝓲 𝓦𝓸𝓾𝓵𝓭🖕🏼💋 (@HolliResists) February 24, 2020
I asked her if that was a law, she said it's not but it's their policy.
My face has been stuck like this for 15 minutes.
I'm fucking pissed. pic.twitter.com/5nay09f8jv
On February 25, she took to Twitter to share the incident. She wrote: My OBGYN just said if I want my tubes tied electively then my husband's signature is also required on the release form. I asked her if that was a law, she said it's not but it's their policy. My face has been stuck like this for 15 minutes. I'm fucking pissed. A lot of people immediately commented under the post, suggesting that she look for another gynecologist immediately because the one she went to seemed conservative and thought it was necessary that her patient, needed someone else to make decisions for her about her own body. While several people commented on the post, some shared personal experiences, as well.
my mom miscarried in 1970, was hemorrhaging & was heading into surgery, she asked for a tubal while she was under, doctor left the operating room to "counsel" my dad before dad gave his permission, I remember my dad yelling it's her body, do what she said, what is wrong with you— Shelby M (@ShelbyAnneM101) February 25, 2020
Andrea R MD wrote: Just asked husband who is a urologist if their group has a similar policy for vasectomies or if he has ever heard of such a policy. He said no, he also said it makes it sound as if she is the property of her husband. Spot on. Another user who went by the name Southern Baptist Heathen added: I had my tubes removed last week and my OBGYN did not require my husband's consent but did ask how he felt about it. That is absolutely insane that they believe you need someone else's consent when deciding what to do with your reproductive organs. Ms Wilde Regrets noted: 30 years ago, a friend of mine had her tubes tied after her second c-section because her husband told the doctor to do it. Not only did they not ask her, they didn’t even tell her! She only found out years later when she was thinking of having another child.
When I was 24, I wanted my tubes tied, but Texas said I needed my husband's consent. That was in 1985. He didn't give his consent. I wasn't a minor, but in the eyes of certain entities/states, women don't get to make choices; men get to make them for women. F*ck them all!— 🌊 Lily is a proud Biden Democrat (@Lily_Warrior) February 24, 2020
Shockingly, Walker Stalker shared: My OB/GYN told me he doesn't tie tubes unless you have 2 kids. I told him I'd gladly take my business to another OB if I wanted my tubes tied at any time. He looked at me crazy. Only person that owns this uterus is me. These doctors crazy as hell. Pam Collier wrote: My husband had to sign. At first, he refused. I told him I'd divorce him and then have my tubes tied as an unmarried woman who didn't need a co-signature. He signed. Ha, and then we divorced and he was a dead beat dad to his existing children and another born to new wife. Jo Kaur also commented: File a complaint with your state's medical board against this doctor. This is horrific.
Get a different OBGYN. My first one refused to clip my tubes because "what if your future husband wants kids?". Never mind that I already had two who I raised as a working single mom. Demanded a different one who did the surgery, no questions asked.— Cayayine (@cayayine) February 24, 2020