Birth control has become the order of the day in the current world. It refers to the voluntary and conscious act of preventing pregnancy, otherwise known as family planning or contraception. Science has come up with more effective and safe methods of birth control in the modern world as compared to those used in the ancient world. Birth control is, however, a topic that has provoked a lot of arguments with different people having different takes on the act of birth control. They tend to differ on culture, beliefs, science and religion. Some are for birth control while others argue against it.
World Arguments for Birth Control
Every single individual has the right to health, liberty and happiness. Use of birth control is an individual pursuit for happiness that is evident amongst people who use birth control rather than letting nature take its course. With birth control comes happiness, convenience, and no regret as one can control her rate of birth. One can choose the number of children they are comfortable with unlike those who fail to control their birth rates and end up living and raising one too many children in poverty. If birth controls did not get used, families would sire many children per woman. The children would be too many to feed let alone educate till they are mature. Birth control means individual luxury, happiness, wealth, and leisure (Sanger, 2003)
With birth control, chances of abortion are very minimal. Abortion mercilessly takes away lives of the innocent fetus and even in many cases cause health complications to the women who abort at times leading to death. That is usually the case of unwanted pregnancy which can get prevented by birth control, saving lives and preventing health complications of these women. Statistics in the U.S show that half of the pregnancies in the country are unwanted, and half of these unwanted pregnancies get aborted. About 95% of these unwanted pregnancies were of women who did not seek to get pregnant, but also did not use birth control (Bedsider, 2012)
Why do we disagree over the use of birth control while they have serious benefits on women? They allow women to get pregnant when they please and allows them to concentrate on other important milestones in their lives. Giving birth is not the entire life’s purpose for a woman (Conry & Stanwood, 2014). There is a career, education, personal health, business and many more things in a woman’s growth. Pregnancy is an expensive hustle to women, and 65% of them in the U.S confirm that birth control allows them to take good care of themselves and their families. They can finish their education and progress in their careers.
World Argument against Birth Control
Religion is especially vocal arguing that birth control is unnatural. They believe that it encourages people to have sex for fun especially teenagers. That is contrary to the natural purpose of sexual intercourse. Sex is only naturally meant to bring forth life, but with birth control its essence gets interfered with, which is the wrong thing to do. Furthermore, they believe that sexual intercourse is only for the married people in the society, but birth control has encouraged and made it for the unmarried (Hall, 2012)
Evangelical institutions highly object to birth control, arguing it as abortion. Morning after pill are contraceptives believed to abort a life already conceived. Evangelists argue that morning after pills kill an already formed life after fertilization in the oviduct of the involved woman preventing it from attaching to the uterus in the womb. That proves that birth control is not a decent act (Shryock, 2014).
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Conry, J. A., & Stanwood, N. L. (2014, March 25). In 2014: Why Are We Still Arguing About Birth Control? CNN International Edition. Retrieved from http://edition.cnn.com/2014/03/25/opinion/conry-stanwood-contraception-hobby-lobby/
Hall, K. (2012, November 27). Birth Control Debate Surfaces Awful Arguments. Huffington Post. Retrieved from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/27/birth-control-over-the-counter-_n_2192953.html
Sanger, M. (1920, December 12). Debate on birth control: First speech. Margaret Sanger Microfilm S76:0923. Retrieved from www.nyu.edu/projects/sanger/webedition/app/documents/show.php?sangerDoc=236701.xml
Shryock, R. (2014, January 16). The evangelical campaign against birth control is really about Obama. Salon Media Group. Retrieved from http://www.salon.com/2014/01/16/the_evangelical_campaign_against_birth_control_is_really_about_obama_partner/