The Importance Of Birth Control

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To have an infant daughter is both exciting and frightening at the same time. There are many concerns that come to mind because it is instinctual to protect her innocence at all cost. As she grows into a young adult, a parent begins to contemplate ways that will solidify her future by protecting and preventing “mistakes” that we as parents made when we were the same age. The goal is to give her a fighting chance at achieving her goals without unnecessary struggles. One of many decisions would be the administration of birth control as a means of avoiding unwanted pregnancies. There have been questions regarding the use of oral contraceptives and whether consumption leads to promiscuity amongst unwed adolescents and adults. Debate amongst …show more content…
Morals, Family Life,” the concern was whether the pill would drive behavior in young adults or adolescence that was deemed unacceptable. There was an initial fear of “sexual anarchy” since the assumption was that the use of birth control would create an environment abetting the involvement of promiscuous behavior. An official at Mills College in Oakland, CA reported,“that there is less talk than there used to be about right or wrong -- the question today is more, is the individual making a wise decision for her future?” (American Experience, 1966) One official felt that the use of birth control promoted promiscuity as long as the end result did not end in unwanted pregnancies. Dr. Mary S. Calderone, executive director of Sex Information and Education Council of the U.S., felt that the pill “provides young people with far too many examples of sex irresponsibly used” (American Experience, 1966). Although many have questioned the moral choices associated with the pill, they have not been able to provide data that indicates the pill is associated with promiscuous behavior. Many argued that there would be a limited level of restraint seen in young adults or adolescents if they were to begin using the pill, but in actuality, the pill is seen more as a preventative method that displays responsible behavior versus promoting promiscuous behavior because the purpose is to teach basic health care among teens and young

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