Abstinence Control Essay: The Right To Birth Control

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The Right to Birth Control To give birth whenever you choose to or to let motherhood come naturally? This question has been a sensitive topic since the introduction of birth control to women. Birth control has been around for many years, constantly changing and improving. Everyone has a different opinion on it and its use. Many believe that birth control does more harm than it does good. Though many do not agree, the access to birth control is highly important. We will see this through the control that it gives women over their lives, its success rate and ability to lower pregnancy rates. In the discussion of birth control, one issue has always been the risks associated with it. Some people that are against it argue that it increases the …show more content…
Besides health risks, some opposed to birth control believe that access to it only increases sexual activity among teens and does not have an effect on unintended pregnancies. Christine Kim and Robert Rector are both researchers at the Heritage Foundation, a research and education institution, and believe that abstinence program are the only effective way to reduce said sexual activity and unwanted pregnancies. Abstinence programs “…teaches abstinence from sexual activity outside marriage as the expected standard for all school age children” (Kim and Rector). Both Christine Kim and Robert Rector researched and provided studies to back their claim. They concluded after a 2010 study, Abstinence-only Intervention, published by the American Medical Association that abstinence programs reduced sexual activity by one-third. They went on to discuss how the same study compared two alternative programs, one that …show more content…
So secondly, the access to birth control is important because it has a high success rate which promotes its use and sexual responsibility. According to the Guttmacher Institute, women who “use contraceptives consistently and correctly throughout the course of any given year” make up only five percent of the nations’ unintended pregnancies while the women who “do not practice contraception at all or who have gaps of a month or more during the year” make up a whopping fifty-four percent of the nations’ unintended pregnancies. Abstinence programs tend to use scare tactics and rely on the fear of those who are in these programs, which is only one of the many faults of the program. Abstinence programs, “…disparage any sexual activity outside of marriage” which “…[promotes] one set of social values based on religious belief” (“Abstinence Education Programs”). This is done by instilling in the minds of the students that “marriage is the expected standard of sexual activity” and therefore, telling them that sex before marriage would violate their commitment to their God (“Abstinence Education Programs”). This is technically condemning them for that behavior ahead of time. Abstinence

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