Over-the-Counter Birth Control and Your Teen

“No prescription or doctor’s exam needed: The nation’s largest group of obstetricians and gynecologists says birth control pills should be sold over the counter, like condoms.” -Huffington Post

There’s no doubt that many parents and parent groups will be outraged at the availability of birth control for their 8th grade girl. Some very influential doctors are pushing for this to happen, but don’t expect it to occur anytime soon. 

Dr. Kavita Nanda contends that unintended pregnancies have been a major health issue for the last twenty years and easier access to birth control could help. Well, I think telling people that if they have sex, there’s an immense chance they’ll get pregnant would also be a good idea.

If the pill is sold over the counter, don’t miss the point that if your daughter buys birth control without your knowledge, this is a symptom of a much bigger problem. 

Parents will scream that it encourages sexual activity and puts girls at risk of other dangers. I agree, but these same parents may not have much of a relationship with their daughter. They may have the type of home where they don’t communicate with one another. So, while they are screaming at what the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists are doing, blaming them for the promiscuity of their daughter, they are neglecting their relationship with the one they can directly affect for the better. 

Speak to your doctor, your state representative, and anyone else who you think can affect this wide-reaching policy, but make sure you are also speaking to your precious child about the dangers of a promiscuous life-style. Girls on the Edge and Strong Fathers/Strong Daughters are great resources for this topic.

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