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Tuesday 24 May 2022
13:00 - 14:30 UTC 

06:00 Los Angeles | 9:00 New York | 10:00 Rio de Janeiro
14:00 Lagos | 15:00 Paris | 18:30 New Delhi | 23:00 Sydney


The IUSSP Scientific Panel on Couples' Reproductive Health and Fertility organized a debate on the following topic: 

•    "In a gender equitable world, with equity of sexual and reproductive rights for men and women, we would expect that there would be about the same number or more vasectomies as tubal sterilizations among couples wanting to stop childbearing. Yes or no?"

Six debaters took
 turns debating alternately in favor of one of the two positions: Deborah Bateson, Priya Nanda and Logan Nickels argued "Yes" while Akanni Akinyemi, Joe Strong and Raquel Zanatta Coutinho argued "No”. The webinar was introduced by IUSSP Panel chair Stan Becker and moderated by Suzana CavenaghiNeetu John and Angela Akol facilitated the Q&A. Ambrose Akinlo provided a summary and reconciliation. 

The webinar included Q&A with the audience, who were invited to cast their vote in favor of one of the arguments before and after the debate.

Results of the initial and post-debate polls:

In the initial poll, a slight majority favoured "yes" (56% vs. 44% "no"). In the post-debate poll, we see that none of the attendees who had initially said "no" changed their mind but 12 of 27 attendees who had initially voted "yes" changed their vote to "no". So the final result of the post-debate poll is "yes" 31% vs. "no" 69%.




Stan Becker
Johns Hopkins University, United States



Suzana Cavenaghi
Independent researcher, Brazil



Deborah Bateson
Family Planning NSW, Australia


Akanni Akinyemi
Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria


Priya Nanda
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, India


Joe Strong
London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), United Kingdom


Logan Nickels
Male Contraceptive Initiative, United States


Raquel Zanatta Coutinho
Cedeplar / Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Brazil



Neetu John
Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, United States


Angela Akol
Ipas Africa Alliance, Nairobi



Ambrose Akinlo
Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria & University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, United States