Essay on Effects Of Birth Control On Women 's Health Services

1458 Words Nov 7th, 2016 6 Pages
America freely offers a wide variety of contraceptives, including implants, patches, pills, sponges, and rings. According to Our Bodies Ourselves, in the Griswold v. Connecticut case of 1965, the Supreme Court granted married couples the right to use birth control, although they were still unavailable to millions of American women. In 1972, birth control was legalized for all American citizens through the Baird v. Eisenstadt case. It wasn’t until the 21st century that the government started closely regulating the safety and effectiveness of birth control, and in 2013 emergency contraceptives became available to females without a prescription (Thompson). The Center for Reproductive Rights states that half of the six million pregnancies in America each year are unintended, and about one third of these come from women under the age of 20. With the implementation of Obamacare, over 47 million women have gained free access to preventative women’s health services. Women can now receive free annual women’s wellness visit and free or very low costing contraceptives (Women’s Health and ObamaCare). Fertility services are much more attainable and affordable in America than they are in Ireland and other countries across the globe. In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) was first introduced in America during the year 1981. Reproductive Facts states, “Since 1985, when we began counting, through the end of 2006, almost 500,000 babies have been born in the United States as a result of reported…

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