November 13, 2012
Should Teenagers Have Access to Birth Control?
Teenagers are still growing and learning. Sometimes we forget that they are making choices that can affect their whole life. Yes, we are here to teach them and to guide them in making decisions that will help shape their future. Are they going to make mistakes? Are they going to regret some of their choices? Are they going to wish that they had listened to their parents at times that they didn’t? I’m pretty sure that we made mistakes as teenagers and decisions that we wish we could change. I know that some made worse choices than others but, we have all made poor choices at one time or another even as adults. I definitely feel that birth control should be available to teens.
The birth control pill was approved by the FDA in 1960. Since then there have been many more contraceptives approved over the years. None of these are 100% effective. Some are more effective than others. The only one that is 100% effective is abstinence. Pregnancy, STD’s, and HIV are some of the dangers that are involved with teens and sex. Yes, abstinence is the best choice and the only one that is 100% effective from these dangers. I do think that teens should be taught that this is the best choice that they could make. Will all teens make this choice? Is there a way to convince all of them to make only this one choice? Is that even possible? I would say that it is not possible and definitely not probable.
Birth control is a sensitive subject to many people. There are a lot of different views on this subject and many different beliefs as to whether birth control should be available to kids under 18 years of age or not. I believe that in America we are free to make our own choices, and we should be able to make this choice. Teens are choosing to have sex. If they get pregnant or contract a disease they will have to face this decision and live with the consequences. This is a... [continues]
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