Yes, parental permission should be necessary for a teen to obtain birth control (for anything other than what could be purchased in a convenience store). Easier access to birth control for teenagers means easier access to sex. Teens should learn to take responsibility for their actions, either by asking mom and dad for birth control pills or looking the store clerk in the eye and saying, yes, I'll buy these condoms and that pregnancy test.
Teens are minors, meaning the parents are the ones that should be making the decisions. If a teen wants to receive birth control, it most likely means they are being sexually active, in which case the parents should be aware. Even if they aren't being sexually active and the teen just wants to be safe, seeing as there are lots of cases of teenage girls getting raped, the parents still need to know because birth control can some times be harmful to the girl's body if she's really young.
The United States has the highest teen pregnancy rate in this industrialized world. According to the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy (NCPTP), approximately 1 million young women and men between the ages of 15 and 19 will become teen parents each year. But what's even more frightening is the fact that over 500,000 of these teenaged pregnancies are expected to occur to American teenagers.
I believe teens, especially teens near the age of adult, should be responsible for their own bodies. Also, a majority of teens would not probably tell their parents about their sexual activities in the first place, rather than asking the parents for birth control. Instead, more education should be given to teenagers about sex and allow birth control to be more available.
The thing about teens having to have parents' consent to obtain birth control is that it makes life harder for both sides. Knowing that your child is engaging in sexual activities is probably not what you want to hear from your child. Also, its just awkward when the child tells their parents that they want to have sex and they want a BC. Furthermore if you know your child is having sex, wouldn't you want them to actually engage in safe sex instead of risking a pregnancy and/or contracting an STI. These are just some things to think about and I know this is short but it makes my point clear.
Privacy is a strong characteristic for young teens and I think they should choose to tell their parents or not. If they are giving out birth control over the counter already and things are fine, I think they should keep it the same or more controversy may rise to a state of neglect or family problems.
Forcing teens to have to obtain their parent's permission to get birth control wouldn't stop them from having sex. It would just mean that any sex they do end up having would be unsafe, and would carry a *much* higher risk of pregnancy and STD transmission than it would otherwise have. When they make a choice to use birth control and have safe sex, they are, as someone else gladly pointed out, making a choice to be responsible and mature about their decisions. Taking that freedom of choice away from them simply would not help matters in the slightest.
Why should a parent be able to stop their child from getting birth control. Chances are, it won't stop them having sex, it will just stop them from having SAFE sex. And also, to the YES guy who said we need to bring down teen pregnancy, making them need parental permission for birth control really won't lower the rate. It will increase it
For some young adults asking for their parents permission to get birth control sn't an option. Some parents arent as comfortable or open to the idea of their child being sexually active. If a teen is asking for birth control, they are making a decision to be responisble but some parents disagree.
The average parent associates being on birth control with being sexually active, which is not always the case. Lots of teen girls want birth control to regulate their period, lessen menstrual cramps, and help diminish acne. But parents assume that the issue is sex. For those who do want to become sexually active, it should be a sign of responsibility for a young woman to be on birth control.
Teens are too scared to ask their parents to get on birth control. They don't want to have "another sex talk." Because of this, teens just go out and have unprotected sex, or sex with a condom. That doesn't always work though. If teens could put themselves on birth control then I believe teen pregnancy would go down. Very few teens want to go tell their parents that they're having sex and that they need on birth control.
Anyone who has the capability to reproduce should have free access to birth control. While most parents want their teenagers to abstain from sex, there is no way to prevent all teens from having sex. Teens should be well educated about sex and their options for birth control should they make the decision to have sex.
A teen who is considering birth control should be given credit for thinking about their future and the possible future of a child conceived. We have too many teens getting pregnant because they are too scared to talk to their parents about sex. Being afraid to talk to their parents doesn't stop the hormones therefore does not stop them from having sex. The embarrassement of talking to ones parent only creates the teen to think it will never happen to them.