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Oral Contraceptives should be available over the counter without a Doctors prescription?

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Started: 3/24/2016 Category: Health
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Rick Santorum once said, "Many in the Christian faith have said, "Well, that"s okay. Contraception"s okay. It"s not okay because it"s a license to do things in the sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be." Today we are talking about should Women"s oral contraceptives be available without a doctor's prescription. Oral contraception also known as birth control is used to prevent pregnancy. Estrogen and progesterone work by preventing ovulation (the release of eggs from the ovaries). I stand on the con side of the topic. Having oral contraceptives over the counter promotes unprotected sex. The oral contraceptives do not protect against STD"s they only helps prevent pregnancy. STD"s can cause many different problems. HIV, chlamydia, genital herpes, genital warts, gonorrhea, are all types of STD"s and cause major harm and pain to your body. More than 65 million Americans have an incurable STD. Each year, 20 million new cases are reported; half of these infections are among people ages 15 to 24 and they can have long-term consequences. Some STD"s can even cause death. Age 16-25 are peak for sexual intercourse. We can not have contraception over the counter or else the spread of STD could majorly increase.


I will be arguing that birth control pills should be available without a doctor's prescription.

Let me first state that birth control is a good thing. Con seems to argue that oral birth control can be bad. Hopefully I will not have to argue about birth control in this debate.

I will go over some obvious advantages of the pill over condoms.
1. It's more effective than a condom. This makes both partners happier since they are not anxious that something will happen with the condom.
2. The woman is not relying on her partner's responsibility or good use of the condom.
3. You have birth control "all the time", meaning you don't have to carry around extra stuff if you want to have sex.
4. Unprotected sex is awesome.

Overall, the pill is a lot better in a stable relationship than condoms.

Medical Prescription.

Prescriptions are used because people that don't have medical education cannot possibly know a lot about medicine. So an expect takes responsibility for you, to make sure that you don't take a medicine that will harm you. This is not the case with contraceptive pills. Medical prescriptions should not be used to let someone's parents know that she has an active sex life, or to make an irresponsible person responsible. This is not a good reason to make the pill available only with doctor's prescription.

Furthermore, it seems that Con does not really understand how oral contraception works. Two people that just met and want to have sex don't buy a pill instead of using a condom and have sex. So if a young girl meets a random person, and wants to have sex with him, she won't just buy a pill and go for it. It is more likely that the pill is used in stable relationships. The pack includes 28 pills. The young girl takes 1 each day of her cycle. It requires some responsibility, and it is highly unlikely that her parents are not aware of such activity. After all, even if a prescription is required, she can still visit a doctor and have him prescribe the pills. I really don't see what the prescription changes in this case.

Finally, buying the pill only with prescription generates some extra cost and effort to visit the doctor every month, which is too much trouble for something I can buy just around the corner.

Oral Contraception "promotes" unprotected sex

Oral contraception does not promote unprotected sex, unprotected sex promotes itself. Everyone wants to have unprotected sex without getting pregnant. This is by no means bad. This could only get bad if the people having unprotected sex are not responsible enough. If two teenagers or young adults want to have unprotected sex, they will. A prescription won't stop them. They 'd better have unprotected sex without worrying about getting pregnant. Or worse, get pregnant -> abortion etc.

Oral contraception spreads STDs

I have already established above that:
1.The pill is used in stable relationships.
2.Irresponsible teenagers' parents are most likely aware that their daughter is taking the pill.
3.Even if they are not, a prescription does not change anything.
4. Minors are highly unlikely to be on the pill, because most of them barely have any sex. Almost all minors leave with their parents.

STDs are a serious problem, but oral contraception is obviously not spreading STDs. Even if it did, Con must do a lot more to relate a prescription to STDs. If a prescription is not required, people won't just take pills and have unprotected sex with random people. Nobody is that stupid. Even if someone is that stupid, they can do the same thing with a prescription.

Sex education and responsibility can prevent STDs, a prescription is only making people's lives harder.
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