Chelssie Tibas-valdez Wright Research paper February 26, 2013 Easier Access to Birth Control
Accessibility to birth control should be more widely spread and affordable. If common drug stores such as CVS and Walgreens had readily over the counter birth control good outcomes would be seen. Additionally birth control should be available to women in stores for an affordable price. This would decrease teens unwanted pregnancies, and offer better futures for women who aren’t ready to be mothers. In combination this would decrease teen and unwanted pregnancy, offer better futures for women not ready to be mothers, and prevent over population.
Women of all age groups have unwanted pregnancies, but “A sexually active teen who doesn’t use contraceptives has a 90 percent chance of becoming pregnant within a year.” (11 facts about teens). CNN states that “Among women aged 19 years and younger, more than 4 out of 5 pregnancies were unintended.” Stayteen.org states “3 in 10 ten girls in the U.S will get pregnant at least once before age 20. That’s about 750,000 teen pregnancies every year. Eight of the ten people I asked know at least one or more persons who became pregnant before reaching the age of 20. While abstinence is the only 100% prevention for pregnancy, most teens will have sex before they even reach the age of 20. (guttmatcher.com). If birth control became easily accessible and affordable it is projected that more women would use it, resulting in less unplanned pregnancies. (plannedparenthood.org). This would have a far reaching, positive impact, including the future of the potential mother.
Accessible birth control can offer better futures for women not ready to be mothers. One of the largest consequences of getting pregnant is that the mother is most likely unable able to finish her education. This will affect her career options, salary, and the