The Pros And Cons Of The Morning-After Pill

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The morning-after pill is another term for emergency contraception, more specifically, pills with the commercial name, "Plan B", which have the ability to inhibit and, depending on one 's perspective, possibly terminate an unwanted or unplanned pregnancy. The morning-after pill is essentially a high dosage of the birth control pill. It can contain progesterone, estrogen, or both which can prevent fertilization in the fallopian tubes by altering the sperm and egg or by preventing ovulation. (Planned Parenthood) The issue today is whether it should be available over the counter without a prescription to people under the age of 17.”But even though emergency contraception is supposed to be out from behind the pharmacy counter, that doesn’t mean …show more content…
It is essentially an emergency backup plan that helps prevent pregnancy when taken within 72 hours after unprotected sex or birth control failure. The sooner it 's taken, the better it works (“ThinkProgress”). The only way to purchase these pills is to 17 or older and be able to present some kind of ID. The pills range in prices from 40$-50$, but there are generics for much cheaper, although the results may not be as effective. There is a multitude of reasons that someone may want to take these pills, the most prominent being rape but there are other psychological, physical, or financial reasons. One other alternative to Plan b is another emergency contraception pill called Ella. Unlike Plan B, Ella can be taken up to 5 days after sex and has proven to be more effective than Plan B, although much more expensive. However, ella cannot be obtained over the counter and can only be purchased with a doctor’s prescription (“Ella”). Females of all ages should have the freedom to do whatever they chose with their bodies, whether that be terminating their pregnancies or …show more content…
Without a proper sexual education teens may not make smart decisions and may be unaware of the responsibility that can come with raising a child. The teens are also extremely unaware of the consequences they will face if they happen to get pregnant or get a girl pregnant. . In America a woman is raped every 2 minutes. 22% of victims were younger than age 12 when they were first raped, and 32% were between the ages of 12 and 17. (Emergency Contraception) As if being raped isn 't enough, these non consensual acts can lead to pregnancy. In most cases like this, the supposed father will not want to be involved in the child 's life, will not offer financial support, and will even deny the child is theirs. The mother will then be faced with choices including raising the child without a father, adoption, abortion, or taking the Plan B pill. Other reasons such as a condom breaking, unprotected sex, and miscalculating your “safe days” can lead to unintended pregnancies. (Emergency Contraception) Additionally, 8 out of 10 teen dads will not marry the mother and 4 out of 10 teen dads do not want to be a part of the child 's life, whether this be a rape victim or an unintended pregnancy (11 Facts). According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services a child who grows up without a father is at a dramatically greater risk for using drugs, abusing alcohol, being suicidal, and may

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