Drawings of men using different methods of contraception have been found dated back to ancient Egypt in 3000 BC. Birth control has been around for a while and is used in our daily lives. Young woman are being asked for parent’s consent before receiving the birth control. Doctors have a mindset that it is the parents’ choice to allow or not allow the young adult to use birth control for a sexual or health reason. Teenage girls should have the right to obtain birth control on their own and without parental consent.
Young woman today are usually too embarrassed to talk to their parents about birth control, which could lead to unprotected sex. According to Livestrong Magazine, one-third of woman will be pregnant before they are twenty years old. Also the CDC’s 2003 Youth Risk Behavioral Survey states, “47 percent of high school students have had sexual intercourse, and 7.4 percent of them reported first sexual intercourse before age 13 (Birth control, p.113). Boys and girls are becoming more sexually active at younger age and by allowing the teenager to go on her own to the doctor or health department to receive treatment could be the best thing for the young adult. Instead parents are being discouraged by the idea of contraception and are allowing their young teenagers to be sexually active without any protection. Rachel Jones, Ph.D., Senior Research Associate at The Alan Guttmacher Institute said, "Mandating parental involvement for contraception could backfire, driving young people to have unprotected sex and putting their health and lives at increased risk." Also most parents come to the conclusion that if their teenager asks to be put on birth control then they are already having sexual relationships with the opposite sex. Some teenage girls just want to be prepared for when the time comes to make the decision to have sex. Adults should listen to their kids because a teenager knows when they are going to make such a drastic decision in their... [continues]
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