Since the creation of the Birth Control Pill in the early 1960s, women have been given the freedom of being in control of their sex lives. At first, the idea of using a contraceptive was very controversial and it took years for all fifty states to legalize it, especially to married women. Once “The Pill” was legalized, it became very popular among women of all ages, all around the world. Women now had the ability to be more careful about their family planning, making the percentage of unwanted pregnancies decrease. Although this method of family planning was so popular, there were still women that didn’t have access to it for various reasons, most commonly being the lack of funds to purchase it. Birth control should be provided to women for free from clinics such as Planned Parenthood because it will reduce unwanted pregnancies, cut down on abortions, save tax payers money and will make it so everyone, regardless of financial standing, has the option of family planning.
Providing free birth control to anyone who wants it or needs it will be very beneficial for both individuals and society as a whole. The free distribution of birth control will reduce unwanted pregnancies. Many women become pregnant without planning it. This happens to both teens and adults. “More than half the 6 million pregnancies that occur in the United States are unintended. . . By the time they reach menopause, two-thirds of American women have had at least one unintended pregnancy(Winikoff 197).” Because of the large number of unwanted pregnancies, state and federal governments are beginning to take some action. Alabama is one of those states. In one year, it’s waiver program averted more than 3,000 unwanted pregnancies. A federal program, Family PACT, was evaluated to have averted more than 205,000 pregnancies in 2002.
Most of the time that teens become pregnant, it is unplanned. A large majority of teens can’t provide for themselves let alone a baby if they were to become pregnant. The main job of an average teenager is to go to school so they can live on their own at some point in their lives. Your teen years are the building blocks of your adult life. If a teen were to become pregnant, it would disrupt the rest of their lives. If the teen goes through with the pregnancy, they may not be able to finish high school, or go on to college like most of their peers.
Many adult women become pregnant without planning it as well. There are a lot of reasons why an adult would not want to become pregnant. Some women already have kids and decide they don’t want more. There are some women that wouldn’t be able to support a child if they were to become pregnant. Sometimes, there are health reasons why women don’t want to have children. In that case, they probably have a condition that passes genetically that they don’t want to give to their child.
Another reason providing free birth control to everyone would be beneficial is it would cut down on the amount of abortions. With the high percentage of unwanted pregnancies each year, there is also a high number of abortions. “. . . 38% of all those who had abortions had not used any contraception(Teens).” Maybe if these women were given access to some kind of birth control, they wouldn’t have needed to have these abortions. Abortions are not something that should be taken lightly. “Not only are teens physically scarred by abortions, but the procedures have extremely damaging emotional effects as well, providing abortions shouldn’t be used as a form of birth control(Teens)” Abortions can be very damaging to a women both emotionally and physically.
Aborting a child causes a lot of emotional trauma for all women, both teens and adults. Aborting a pregnancy is a very difficult decision for all women to make. Even though you get an abortion in the early stages of pregnancy, women still see it as their child. Getting rid of that child before it is even given a chance at life takes a very high emotional toll...
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