Should Birth Control be Distributed in Schools?
“Birth control has been pitched in the United States as an individual solution, rather than a public health strategy, the purpose of oral contraceptives was understood by manufacturers, physicians, and consumers to be the prevention of pregnancy, a basic health care need for women. Since 1990, the content of that message has changed, reflecting a shift in the drug industry's view of the contraception business” (Watkins, 2012, para. 1).
Since 1914, the Birth control movement has been reformed in the United States. The first clinic to distribute birth control opened in 1923 by Margaret Sanger. There were no arrests or violations made at this time, however; women continued to rely on unsafe sex. In 1942, the Planned Parenthood Federation of America formed, establishing birth control clinics throughout America.
Americans have argued about birth control pills and other related issues to regulate population through pregnancy. Distributing birth control pills to schools will not only prevent teen pregnancy but also helps control of the population throughout the country. The right to use contraception should be available for anyone who is willing whether this is for the young adults, teenagers, and even to married couples who want to wait on building a family or just to have each other for the rest of his or her lives.
In this debate, we will discuss the topic of “Should Birth Control be Distributed in Schools”. The argument of whether contraception should or should not be banned in the United States schools systems will be discussed and why we feel it should be legalized and remain legal for anyone who wants to or has a preference to use it. We will show that statistically, by having birth control available and legal in the schools systems, some positive outcomes result. The opposing argument is that birth control opponents are still fighting and pushing for this mandated law to be put in reverse. Their struggle is to continue to fight and push for birth control to be illegal and banned.
Another pro-birth control argument and support of the issues is the Obama administration, who incorporated birth control into health plans for employer’s who elected to include this into the benefits they offered employees. On the other hand, the Catholic Church and other social conservatives are strongly opposed by this implementation. Hence would be against the legalization of birth control, in our schools.
Another pro-birth control movement would be that a small Planned Parenthood office in Mission Viejo, Ca., that helps uninsured men and women and young adults by providing education and information about safe sex and family planning. This is one of the many organizations in the United States educating American about their reproductive system, testing, and treatment on sexually transmitted disease that cater to the millions who are uninsured.
The New York City Department of Education is also one organizations to distribute the “morning after pill” to students at 13-city high schools. The “Plan B” emergency contraception pill is available at the nurse’s office. This type of contraception is either taken orally or can be injected in the bloodstream. Pro-birth control forces are continually rising and are gaining more acceptance by society. This clearly shows that the government and people of society are giving more empowerment for women to be in control of their own lives and to provide better planning when bringing young babies to this world when they are wanted.
There are several school programs that educate teens on the benefits and importance of remaining abstinent. Facts provide education, which informs teens of the possibility of becoming pregnant as well the possibility of transferring or receiving a sexually transmitted disease. Although...
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