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August 10, 2022

 

Birth Control is a Must

Birth control has always been a huge debate on if we should even use it or not. The new debate about birth control is if it should be available over the counter or not. There are two sides to this, both with good defending arguments against their side. The side that believes that it should not be over the counter has many cons to it. Some of these cons show that if birth control became an over the counter drug then it would become a lot more expensive and the lack of knowledge that teenagers have for birth control pills. One of their main arguments is that “teenage girls could think that they are taking the pills correctly, but they are taking it at different times of the day which does not work.” They also argue that the amount of teens having sex will increase because birth control is at easy access for them which puts them at a bigger risk of getting pregnant. 

The other side argues that birth control should be available over the counter. They have many pros to this. The major pro is that this can “lower teen pregnancies.” This means that teens could be having sex and know that it is safe to do so. They will have sex anyways, so having easy access to birth control can really help them feel safe. “This can also bring the abortion rates down because not as many people will be getting pregnant if they do not want to.” There are many great pros to this idea. 

I believe that birth control should be available over the counter. I think that it will really help people, especially teens have safe sex if they choose to have sex. I believe that it should be easy access for anyone to buy birth control. This can help prevent unwanted pregnancies. Some people use the pill for other things such as period cramps or heavy periods. The pill can help those not having sex as well as help those who are. 


The State Of Sex-Ed

Teen pregnancy is a large issue in today’s society, currently 3 in 10 girls in the United States will get pregnant at least once before they turn 20(This article). This is a problem because, although there are good and planned pregnancies in a girls teen years, 90% of all the girls that get pregnant will drop out of school. Teen pregnancy is the reason that 70% of those who drop out do so. This leads to issues because kids are not getting the education that they need in order to live a successful life. This affects more than just the girl, it also affects the boy who got her pregnant, both of their families, potentially another family if the child is adopted, and the overall school and social community that these kids belong to. It also affects the socio-economic situation surrounding a teen pregnancy. As well as teen pregnancy is more likely to affect people from poorer communities or African Americans, Hispanics, or Alaska Natives. This is due to poor sexual education in these communities, as well as over the entire united states. 

Sex-Ed came about in the 1980’s when the AIDS/HIV pandemic made having education about condoms and sexually transmitted diseases a bigger deal in the United States. Then in the late 1990’s sex-ed changed due to “welfare reform” to be focused entirely on abstinence until marriage, since its implimentation many studies have come out showing its lack of efficacy in changing when kids start to have sex, reducing sexually risky behaviors, increasing the use of contraception, or decreasing pregnancy rates. Since the implementation of the AOUM program sexual education has changed and reformed a lot, but because it is up to the states to implement and use federal funds things vary a lot from state to state. A recent report by the Guttmacher Institute noted that although 37 states require abstinence information be provided (25 that it be stressed), only 33 and 18 require HIV and contraceptive information, respectively. Regarding content, quality, and inclusivity, 13 states mandate instruction be medically accurate, 26 that it be age appropriate, 8 that it not be race/ethnicity or gender bias, 8 that it be inclusive of sexual orientation, and 2 that it not promote religion. Due to the fact that sex ed changes so much from state to state it is very hard to implement reform that will work and keep everyone happy and educated. (This article)So clearly the programs that we have right now are not effective at teaching kids about how to prevent pregnancy and cultivate a healthy relationship with sex. In order to fix this we need a federally mandated program implemented that teaches sexual education beyond just abstinence. A program like Planned Parenthoods, that can provide kids with resources to explore thing further but also that teaches kids sex ed. Especially in a way that inludes everyone, mentioning gender issues, and LGBT sex and how to remain safe in that regard. Teaching kids not only about abstinence but about how to have safe, consensual, healthy sex can help to promote a society in which kids are less afraid to talk about it and more likely to practice it safely.


Do drugs affect your body?

By examining the article called “Here’s How Many People Have Fatally Overdosed On Marijuana,” “A total of 17,465 people died from overdosing on illicit drugs like heroin and cocaine in 2014, while 25,760 people died from overdosing on prescription drugs, including painkillers and tranquilizers.”(The Huffington Post). Based on the evidence, it is clear that drugs are bad for people and it can hurt them in different types of ways.

Drugs are bad for people because individuals can overdose or it could affect their health. For example, in an online article called “Overdose is gross: What happens to your body when you O.D.” by Destinations to Recovery, they stated, “If a drug overdose does not lead to death, it can lead to serious, long-term consequences. Some people who overdose on drugs and survive have to live with permanent brain damage.”(Destinations to Recovery). The words in this quote show how dangerous drug overdose can be to the body. Examples of long-term consequences are impacting people’s brain, that may cause memory loss and it will also cause users not to move as easily as they used to.It will be hard for you to write and read. Also, when people overdose that can cause a lack of oxygen and they can lose consciousness. Some types of drugs that can damage your body if you overdose Heroin, Cocaine, Crack, Hallucinogens, Amphetamines. Therefore, it is clear that drugs can damage you physically and mentally. This is some ways that drugs can affect you and hurt you.

 

Another way drugs can hurt people, especially women, is when women get pregnant and use drugs that can cause birth defects. For example, in an article called “Effects of drugs abuse and addiction,” they said that “Nearly 4 percent of pregnant women in the United States use illicit drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy and other amphetamines, and heroin. These and other illicit drugs may pose various risks for pregnant women and their babies. Some of these drugs can cause a baby to be born too small or too soon, or to have withdrawal symptoms, birth defects or learning and behavioral problems. Additionally, illicit drugs may be prepared with impurities that may be harmful to a pregnancy (Gateway foundation).This shows that women that are about to give birth can affect the baby because of the drug use they can die or they can come out deformed “not normal”. This also shows that 4 percent of women that take drugs can also affect the baby because of the drugs they take.

 

Some people may think that some drugs are used for medical purposes and are positive. In an article called “What is marijuana?”It explains “Scientific study of the chemicals in marijuana, called cannabinoids, has led to two FDA-approved medications that contain cannabinoid chemicals in pill form. Continued research may lead to more medications.Because the marijuana plant contains chemicals that may help treat a range of illnesses or symptoms, many people argue that it should be legal for medical purposes. In fact, a growing number of states have legalized marijuana for medical use” (National Institute On Drug Abuse). This shows that marijuana is medicine and it can help treat illness and that it is FDA approved and that marijuana is legalized for medical use. But it is not healthy because it still will affect your body and people’s brain and immune system.

In conclusion, drugs damage people’s body even though it can help and work as medicine but it can affect women while pregnant. It can also affect people in their brains and immune system and other kinds of ways that drugs can affect you.

 

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