Teenage Birth Control Rights Essay Research Paper — страница 2

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when/if their daughters are on birth control (which too can be a medical issue). According to CNN there is a birth control pill “Ortho Tri-Cyclen” which has been marketed to clear up acne (FDA OK’s Using ‘The Pill’ for Acne). Birth control pills are also given to women who suffer from cramps or have irregular menstrual cycles. It is evident that birth control has other adult, private issues associated with it; therefore, it should be treated not solely as a solution to engaging in an unprotected sexual act, but also should be regarded as a solution to certain medical ailments. Teenagers, even though they are young, are still people and are still regarded as American Citizens. So why should their rights to privacy be invaded by over protective parents? A state bill that

also regarded limiting the service of Title X Birth Control Clinics by teens, originated in Iowa. However, it was not even favored by all of Iowa’s governmental players. Senator Johnie Hammond (D) recalls that they (Iowa legislators) had tried to pass a similar bill in the past. Her belief is that its passage would have only result in more teenage pregnancy, a much higher birth rate (Maxwell), and an increase in the occurrence of STDs as well as cervical cancer. Society should praise teens who want to protect themselves from pregnancy as well as disease, not condemn them. An article published in 1996 stated that pregnancy rates have dropped by twenty percent in the last twenty years (Mauldon). This is due partially to the fact that more and more teenagers are using

contraception, and they use it sooner after becoming sexually active (Mauldon). While in the past, the biggest concern associated with sex was teenage pregnancy, parents now need to realize that contraception (in the form of condoms) can also protect against STDs (Sexually Transmitted Diseases) and can stop the spread of AIDS. In today’s world these life-changing diseases are just as dangerous, and unwanted as pregnancy. While in an ideal society, teens would refrain from becoming sexually active until they are more mature; presently it is impractical and foolish to have such wishes. Parents should be concerned for their teens, but should find more appropriate ways to voice their concerns instead of mandating laws that are a blatant statement against personal rights. This issue

is not simply going to die and go away. For instance in St. Paul, Minnesota the seven area high schools are currently dispensing, and have been for the past year, Birth Control Pills directly to some of their female students (St. Paul OK’s IN-School Birth Control). For all the parents who have “won” the minor battle over Title X teenage birth control rights, heed the wisdom of Sarah Brown (the director of an anti-teenage pregnancy campaign)-”While the adults are arguing, the kids are getting pregnant” (Meckler, Teen Sex Rates Drop for the First Time in 25 Years). b02 Being There for Your Teenager. Arnot Ogden Medical Center. 07 September 1999 . Fennell, Bettie. Teen Health Center Splits Candidates. 3 May 1996. 07 September 1999 . Manzullo wins Title X Battle in House. 9

October 1998. Manzullo The Seventh District of Illinois. 03 October 1999 . Maxwell, Julie. Title X Raises Concerns Over Birth Control Issues. September 9, 1997. 07 September 1999 . FDA OK’s Using “The Pill” for Acne. 2 January 1997. 07 September 1999 . Mauldon, Jane and Kristin Luker. Does Liberalism Cause Sex The American Prospect (winter 1996). . Meckler, Laura. Teen Birth Rates Decline. 30 April 1998. 07 September 1999 . —. Teen Sex Rate Drops for the First Time in 25 Years. 1 May 1997. 07 September 1999 . St. Paul OK’s In-School Birth Control: School Board Allows High Schools To Dispense Contraception Directly to Students. 12 April 1999. WCCO 4 News. 03 October1999 . Being There for Your Teenager. Arnot Ogden Medical Center. 07 September 1999 . Fennell, Bettie. Teen

Health Center Splits Candidates. 3 May 1996. 07 September 1999 . Manzullo wins Title X Battle in House. 9 October 1998. Manzullo The Seventh District of Illinois. 03 October 1999 . Maxwell, Julie. Title X Raises Concerns Over Birth Control Issues. September 9, 1997. 07 September 1999 . FDA OK’s Using “The Pill” for Acne. 2 January 1997. 07 September 1999 . Mauldon, Jane and Kristin Luker. Does Liberalism Cause Sex The American Prospect (winter 1996). . Meckler, Laura. Teen Birth Rates Decline. 30 April 1998. 07 September 1999 . —. Teen Sex Rate Drops for the First Time in 25 Years. 1 May 1997. 07 September 1999 . St. Paul OK’s In-School Birth Control: School Board Allows High Schools To Dispense Contraception Directly to Students. 12 April 1999. WCCO 4 News. 03