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iloveher666
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shlh1514
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teens should beallowed to get birth control

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 12/18/2007 Category: Society
Updated: 9 years ago Status: Voting Period
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iloveher666

Pro

let me start off by saying the should. my reasons are because face it teens are going to do what they want. their are going to have sex f you want them to or not. because of that factor i think they should be allowed birth control on top of safe sex to decrease the teen pregnancy rate. i will go into further detail when an opponent comes into the picture.
shlh1514

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I think that teens should get birth control because then they would be even more irresponsible than before now knowing that they can do whatever they what without parents consent and know they have a backup. That is very sick and really disgraceful to show that teens can get anything they want. Soon they'll be debating over if the legal limit of alcohol should be 16. I think that birth control should be for the adults because they will know when to use it and teenagers will use it maybe even daily. Birth control is a heavy burden and never be use to a teenager, even a responsible one.
Debate Round No. 1
iloveher666

Pro

Each year in United States, 800,000 to 900,000 adolescents 19 years of age or younger become pregnant
The pregnancy rate for teenagers 15 to 19 years of age fell 19 percent from 116 per 1,000 in 1991 to 94.3 in 1997, reversing an 11 percent rise from 1986 to 19914
From 1995 to 1997, the pregnancy rate for 15- to 19-year-olds decreased in 41 of the 43 reported geographic areas for which age-specific data were available

During 1995 to 1997, the pregnancy rate declined by 11.3 percent among females less than 15 years of age, by 10.7 percent among females 15 to 17 years of age, and by 5.8 percent among females 18 to 19 years of age6
For each year from 1995 to 1997, the pregnancy rate for females 18 to 19 years of age was approximately 2.5 times that of females 15 to 17 years of age, and the rate for females less than 15 years of age was approximately one ninth that of females 15 to 17 years of age7
From 1995 to 1997, the national number of pregnancies among females 15 to 19 years of age declined by 3.1 percent8
In 1996, the pregnancy rate for females 15 to 19 years of age in the United States was 83.6 per 1,000 compared to

even though teens shouldn't have sex
doesn't mean they wont
i know that teens having sex shouldn't have sex birth control for those who do to decrease the rate of teen unexpected pregnancy
shlh1514

Con

But come you can't expect teens to have sex to have any sort of right to have birth control pills? It would give other teens more peer pressure to have sex and their great bypass would be use the birth control pills as a way not to get caught. It would stop teenagers from having to dropout but it would be wide spread. It would challenge the parents rights and the teenagers rights to giving them birth control pills. I just think that birth control pills to the wrong hands will have devastaing effects and teenagers are the people to give the least to because peer pressure is their "wise master".
Debate Round No. 2
iloveher666

Pro

it is because of the peer pressure in teens lives with school, media, and music that they are having sex in the first place
we all no that teens(not all ) are having sex and no matter how much the parents want to stop it teens will always be disobeying their parents. Additionally, most of pregnancies occur to unwed teen mothers. This means that even though most teens do not want to become pregnant, they are still becoming so as a result of sexual activity. While actual force to have sex is rare, many teenage girls (especially those under the age of 15) feel pressured to have sex. And, of course, the more intercourse a teenager has, the more likely it is that a teen pregnancy will eventually result.

It's undeniable that kids today are maturing and growing up faster. Whether this is due to media influence or something in the meat they're eating, there is a definite sexual energy that permeates America's youth. And young teens are going to do what they do best: being sneaky and getting what they want.

Three of Portland, Maine's middle schools have had a total of 17 reported pregnancies, a number that doesn't necessarily reflect any abortions or miscarriages. Whether because of outside influences or of their own accord, these students are exploring sexual avenues, and they are likely unaware of what can happen. Not all kids are comfortable approaching their parents about bodily and emotional changes. If a school can provide that service for free and guide them down a healthy path to the future, then allow that program to flourish. This won't be an enabler for kids who have already made their choice - it's going to protect them.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued a report this week indicating a increase in teen birth rates for the first time in 14 years sixty-seven percent support giving contraceptives to students, according to an Associated Press-Ipsos poll. About as many — 62% — said they believe providing birth control reduces the number of teenage pregnancies.

(80%) of teens who have sex get pregnant unexpectedly
Even though the use of contraceptives has increased among teenagers, its use remains spotty. Teens may use birth control to help prevent teen pregnancy, but most do not use contraceptives consistently. Erratic contraceptive use, however, is better than none. A sexually active teen that does not use any birth control has a 90 percent chance of becoming pregnant within a year.
shlh1514

Con

Yes but as I said in the last round teenagers will contiue to use birth control pills to not get in trouble and they think they will be invincible and will be untouchable. Soon their body will be immune to the pills and will have the child btu teenagers aren't ready for birth control pills. If teenager drink underage then how can you believe they will overuse the birth control pills?
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by Rillion 9 years ago
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"There are side effects to the pill and a child shouldnt be given any medication without the consent of a parent, ever ..."

First, teenagers aren't children.

Second, how far are you willing to extend that? Should they not be allowed to take medication that will save their life, if their parents don't consent? Having a baby may not end your life (though it might), but it changes it drastically. I don't think being a few years from having the right to vote should deprive a person of the right of determination over the next 18 years of her life.

Thirdly, the side effects to the pill amount to basically the possibility of gaining a few pounds. That's it.
Posted by kels1123 9 years ago
kels1123
There are side effec ts to the pill and a child shouldnt be given any medication without the consent of a parent, ever ...
Posted by freckles14 9 years ago
freckles14
*someone* needs to learn how to spell.....
Posted by Rillion 9 years ago
Rillion
"Birth control pills harm the uterus."

Evidence, please? I've been on the pill for over ten years and my uterus is just fine.

"Also, these teens SHOULDN'T BE HAVING SEX ANYWAY, freaking impatient little...ugh. They shouldn't be given birth control pills because they shouldn't need them. They shouldn't need them because THEY SHOULDN'T BE HAVING SEX!"

You can scream "shouldn't" until you lose your voice. But the fact is, the vast majority of people lose their virginity in their teens, and it's been that way for a very long time. Your moral feelings are really irrelevant to the matter. What matters is preventing unwanted pregnancies.
Posted by la_bella_vita 9 years ago
la_bella_vita
masterworks - definitely agree with you. teens shouldn't be having sex. unfortunately for you and i... they still will. birth control isn't necessary for them. sex education on STDs and condom use is.

about your comment on the pill, i have yet to read anything that suggests that the pill causes harm to the uterus. there are risks with the pill as there are with any other medication, but it does not harm a woman's uterus - the point is to keep her from getting pregnant on a time to time basis, not ruin her chances for all time.

there are different kinds of birth control pills and different levels of hormones. estrogen, one of the ingredients in the pill has the potential, when in too high a dosage, to cause nausea, cramping, irregular menstrual bleeding, headaches, increased incidence of breast cancer, strokes, and heart attacks, for those at risk. In the past, the pill contained a very high dosage of estrogen, somewhere around 100-150 micrograms. however, studies showed that the pill was effective without this high a dosage, and nowadays the "high" level estrogen pills only contain about 50 mcg and the low doses are somewhere around 25mcg. this has reduced some of these risks to an extent. also keep in mind that these risks are most prevalent for women over 35 and smokers.

the pill isn't the problem here. it's the fact that too many women on the pill use it instead of condoms and don't think about the risks of STDs.
Posted by Masterworks 9 years ago
Masterworks
Birth control pills harm the uterus. Also, these teens SHOULDN'T BE HAVING SEX ANYWAY, freaking impatient little...ugh. They shouldn't be given birth control pills because they shouldn't need them. They shouldn't need them because THEY SHOULDN'T BE HAVING SEX!
Posted by la_bella_vita 9 years ago
la_bella_vita
shlh1514 -
"Yes but as I said in the last round teenagers will contiue to use birth control pills to not get in trouble and they think they will be invincible and will be untouchable. Soon their body will be immune to the pills and will have the child btu teenagers aren't ready for birth control pills. If teenager drink underage then how can you believe they will overuse the birth control pills?"

1. your body cannot become "immune" to the pill.

2. you don't "overuse" the pill. there is one way to take it - at the same time, every day.

3. birth control pills won't keep you out of trouble. you think that pregnancy is the only reason people wear condoms? STDs are the biggest issue we have to fear, not pregnancy, and you'll still get them when you're on the pill.

i'm all for your side of the argument (i don't agree teens should be on the pill either) but not for the reasons you present in this debate. you're still young, and you're also a guy (meaning you won't be taking the pill anytime soon). i'd suggest doing a little research on birth control methods, the pill, and STDs if you're interested in trying to make this argument.
Posted by la_bella_vita 9 years ago
la_bella_vita
first i just want to clarify, you're arguing that parents should LET their teens go on birth control (the pill) if they want to, correct? because as far as i know, teens are "allowed" to use birth control. it's just that parents usually have to consent or have knowledge of this fact as well. i also want to clarify by "teens" i assume you mean like 13-17 or so?

so how did 5 people agree with the CON side of this argument? i don't believe that teens should all go on the pill, but the counter argument didn't even make sense to me.

"I think that birth control should be for the adults because they will know when to use it and teenagers will use it maybe even daily."

um, the pill IS taken daily. thats what birth control is. a pill that you take once a day.

of course, there's another kind of birth control - condoms. this is something that all teens have access to. teens shouldn't need anything more than this until they're really having sex on a regular basis, or they're with a partner for a while. THEN its up to them to speak with their parents or their doctor to see if the pill is right for them.

Okay, now back to the topic. the problem with young teens going on the pill (or allowing anyone to get it who wants it) is NOT that it will harm them, it's NOT that it will "cause them to have sex more often", but it's that it will cause them to have UNPROTECTED sex (sex without a condom). this is a HUGE problem because the rate of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are SO HIGH. young people have no idea how easy it is to catch one of these, and the pill only protects you against pregnancy, not STDs.

this is probably the strongest counter argument for regulation of the pill, and why condoms are hands down the best way to protect yourself if you are going to make the choice to have sex. the pill is for users who are having sex on a REGULAR basis. teens shouldn't be. if they are, they should be using condoms to prevent the risk of an STD.
Posted by Rillion 9 years ago
Rillion
"Birth control is a heavy burden and never be use to a teenager, even a responsible one."

Pregnancy's an even heavier burden, I hear.
Posted by kels1123 9 years ago
kels1123
By birth control are you referring to the pill? What about the childs health ? A parent is responsible for knowing what medications a child is on , if they are ever brought to an emergency and the teen cant speak , a parent must know all drugs a child is on. Also the pill can be dangerous , especially if a teen is smoking as well.
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