Argumentative Essay On Birth Control

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Birth control has existed for millennia. Ancient Egyptian papyruses have been discovered with references to chemical contraceptives. Infanticide has always been widespread in pagan cultures either through sacrifices to appease spirits or through abandonment. God 's people in Israel, did not practice birth control however. They wanted as many offspring as possible and considered them an unqualified blessing. The one man, mentioned in the bible, as practicing birth control, Onan, was struck dead (The Case Against). One can see from these facts that, the wide variety of views on birth control and abortion aren’t new, but there are new ideas on the safety that comes with birth control. Birth control no longer requires drinking lead, instead it …show more content…
However, sometimes people do not have a choice. Many individuals and families either have complications with their health, the baby 's health or cannot provide for the child, forcing them to turn to the dreaded “a” word, abortion (Glasier 54). Less unwanted pregnancies would in turn mean less unprofessional abortions. According to the article, Everyone Wins When Birth Control Is Free, “Changes in contraceptive policy simulating the Contraceptive Choice Project would prevent as many as 41% to 71% of abortions performed annually in the United States.” Just imagine how many lives were saved by this. Some women are put in difficult situations and do not have the money or means to get an abortion so they turn to unhealthy ways of dealing with their pregnancies. Some turn to alcohol, drugs, or are even so desperate as to coat hanger abortions. Coat hanger abortions can lead to many health difficulties and some are even life threatening procedures. These types of abortions are a major cause of injury and death among women worldwide. It is even “estimated that approximately 20 million unsafe abortions are performed annually, with 97% taking place in developing countries. Unsafe abortion is believed to result in approximately 69,000 deaths and millions of injuries annually.” (Unsafe). In addition to preventing unsafe abortions, the pill has many health benefits for women. …show more content…
Regardless of the problem or cause, for the need to receive birth control, money is always taken into consideration. Access to birth control will benefit the spending of the government and of the people in the U.S. The government should be concerned with the issue of available birth control because they can save billions. With more facilities providing birth control, less government money will be wasted and between insurance and taxes, everyday people’s money will be saved. According to the Huffington Post article, 6 Reasons Why Birth Control Should Be More Accessible in the United States, in 2010, teenage births cost the United States over $10 billion. A big chunk of that number comes from the cost of providing health care for low income women before, during and after the birth of their child through Medicaid. Medicaid is said to cover 41% of births in the United States and the average cost as of 2008 was $12,613 per birth (No) and “about 1 million births are unintended” (Chapin 1). Now, that is a lot of money being wasted when the U.S. could save 19.3 billion dollars every year due to contraceptives and birth control (Dreyer). In addition to that, insurance companies benefit from helping their customers prevent unplanned pregnancies they would have to pay for down the line. The National Business Group on Health recommends that businesses help their female employees plan their

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