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Should Birth Control be Sold over-the-counter?

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Hannah Ascherman

on 26 February 2014

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Should Birth Control be Sold over-the-counter?
By: Hannah Ascherman
Back ground on Birth Control
5/100 woman who use birth control, get pregnant
Birth control use is nearly universal. Ninety-nine percent of all sexually experienced women and 98 percent of sexually experienced Catholic women have used it at some point in their lives.
A 2010 survey found that more than a third of female voters have struggled to afford prescription birth control at some point in their lives, and as a result, used birth control inconsistently.
Birth control pills typically range between $15 and $50 per month. That adds up to over $600 per year.
In 1916, Margaret Sanger opened the first birth control clinic in America
62% of all women of reproductive age (15-44) are currently using a contraceptive method.
Why It Should be available over-the-counter
Doctors would lose out on profit
people would only go to the doctors to get a check-up or if pregnant
People wouldn't go to the doctors to get birth control, even if they can afford it
Some companies would lose out on profit for their birth control pill die to people just buying the over-the-counter
Some women don't know they have health issues like high blood pressure which doctors don't recommend using birth control.
Women can have side effects like head aches and not know it unless under doctors view
Why Birth Control should be sold over-the-counter
It's cheaper
Not taking the time to go to the doctors
Not addictive like some drugs sold over-the-counter
All brands of the pill work without fine tuning the dose with the help of a doctor
Over-the-Counter pills may prevent young teenage pregnancy
Over-the-counter pills may prevent abortion

Altogether, I believe birth control should be sold over-the-counter to women because it would help prevent a lot of cases of teen pregnancy due to less cost of the birth control and less cost for paying for a doctors visit.
Thesis Statement
Birth Control has been around for hundreds of years. Women all over the United States use many different types of Birth Control a year. Although there are people with allergic reactions to some types of medicine, I believe women in the Unites States should be able to buy birth control pills over-the-counter in local drug stores. It may decrease teen pregnancy, abortion rate, and will be cheaper to purchase.
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