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In a recent article that was posted on March 8th of 2017, Ginny Ehrlich talks about birth control and how it really gives women the power to decide. Decide what you may ask? It gives them the power to decide their future, and whether or not having a child is for them or when exactly they want one. Ginny is the CEO of, The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy and so her main focus is to really make sure that these teens know that they have the power to decide if, when, and under what circumstances to become pregnant. Birth control has really been a big impact in all of this and in pregnancies. Women and teens have been using birth control for so long. Pretty much every women will end up using it at least once in their life, if not their whole life until not needed anymore. This company called Bloomberg Businessweek saw that birth control was a top economic driver for women and has been over the past 85 years.A lot of women have a strategy to having kids and a strategy to planning their life out on how they want it to go. Melinda Gates says it best when she says; “It’s no accident that my three kids were born three years apart, or that I didn’t have my first child until I’d finished graduate school and devoted a decade to my career at Microsoft. My family, my career, my life as I know it are all the direct result of contraceptives.” Women rely on birth control and contraceptives each and every day of their life. It gives them so many options. Birth control gives the ability for women to plan, prevent, and space out pregnancies. As it also explains in the article that because it gives women the ability to do all those things, it gives benefits to women, men, children, and society. Benefits such as more educational and economic opportunities, healthier babies, more stable families, and reduced taxpayer burden.
Birth control has helped with women in education by increasing the percent of women who have graduated high school and college graduates as well. Because of birth control, women can prevent themselves from not becoming a teen parent and being able to fully get threw school and get the education they need before having children. Of course, even if you don’t use the route of birth control or don’t use it routinely and become a teen parent, you are still able to finish high school or still attend college, it’s just a bit more difficult and a lot of teens/women don’t usually go through with it. They either end up dropping out or not even starting because they don’t want it to get too difficult with a newborn.
Women had to work hard to get birth control legalized. It was not an easy process, because that meant that women would gain more control over their life and the choices they make, and men didn’t want that to happen. Those 21 female CEO's that made it happen hold only 4.2% of CEO positions in America’s 500 biggest companies. To this day, birth control is not even as accessible as it should be to women. Though there has been significant progress made on making sure that contraception is available for free or at very low cost for women, women have found new information on the conversation about access. Time and transportation costs serve as ongoing barriers to accessing an endless amount of services and support for women and families living at or near the poverty line. These new findings show it to be true for contraception as well, especially the most effective methods of contraception, birth control. Since 1991, the teen pregnancy rate in the U.S. has declined by 55% and rates of unplanned pregnancy among women of childbearing age have declined by 18% between 2008 and 2011 and they are certain that it’s because of birth control. So why aren’t they getting all the access to it that they need?
That is the big question. These facts are important to today’s society because teens need to know how effective, easy, and smart it is to use birth control. Most teens don’t really have the knowledge of this information when they are because because they are just not told about it, but they need to start being more educated about these things, especially if they are going to be sexually active when they are young.