A 31-year-old woman who had her tubes removed says she never has to worry about an 'oopsie' pregnancy in a post-Roe v. Wade America: 'This has given me so much peace'

A general view of an exam room at the Hope Clinic For Women in Granite City, Illinois on June 27, 2022. - Abortion is now illegal in Missouri. ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images
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Sarah G. told Insider she decided to have a salpingectomy after a leaked draft opinion led to the fall of Roe v. Wade had indicated.
A salpingectomy is a surgical procedure in which a doctor removes the fallopian tubes to prevent pregnancy.
Now Sarah has peace of mind knowing she won't have an "oopsie" pregnancy, she said.
After the Supreme Court's draft opinion on Roe v. Wade was leaked last May, Sarah G. made the decision.
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Sarah, who declined to give her full last name - citing privacy concerns - knew she didn't want children for years.
After the leaked draft statement was released, she began researching permanent solutions. She scrolled through a subreddit about volunteering without children and found a chart of doctors sterilizing women in each state. She told Insider she called the first one in New York she saw listed on the chart and he agreed to perform her surgery -- called a salpingectomy.
This is a surgical procedure in which a doctor removes the fallopian tubes to ensure that fertilized eggs cannot enter the uterus and cause pregnancy.
Sarah, a 31-year-old preschool teacher in New York, said she's been certain since she was 25 that she didn't want any more children. She has been on hormonal birth control since she was 19, but wanted a permanent option, so she began researching a salpingectomy.
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"I don't want to be responsible for someone else for the rest of my life because parenting is a big deal," she said. "You are raising a person. It's just not for me. As simple as that."
When she met with the doctor in August, she expected him to talk her out of the surgery. But "he was absolutely receptive," she said.
"He's like, 'Yeah, no, you're grown up,'" she recalled him telling her. "'It is not up to me.'"
When the Supreme Court ruled Roe v. picking up Wade, Sarah said her heart was broken.
"My own country doesn't see me as a person who deserves rights and can decide what to do with their own body," she said.
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"According to lawmakers in this country, I don't have a brain in my head," she added. "I shouldn't be allowed to decide what I do with my own body."
Sarah admits she lives in a blue state, which is unlikely to reverse access to abortion. But she still worries that access to abortion in New York may not be a guarantee.
Last month, Senator Lindsay Graham introduced legislation aimed at imposing a 15-week ban on abortion nationwide — even in states where abortion is still legal.
This possibility scares Sarah.
"I live in a state where abortion rights are very unlikely to be challenged," she said. "But now I've heard Lindsey Graham is trying to do something at the federal level. I'm just like, 'You know what? I just want to take that out of the equation.”
She said she wants to believe in the idea that New York will forever remain a blue state that ensures access to abortion, "but I'm not naive enough to do that."
Sarah said she recovered just days after surgery and now feels at ease knowing she won't have an "oopsie" pregnancy.
"It's normal for a woman not to want children," she said. "Society tells us it's not, but some people just don't want to be parents, and that's okay. Maybe my story will help normalize it.”
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