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Why I believe Planned Parenthood and contraceptives are important

Mila Kellam, Opinions Editor

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Birth Control is widely used to prevent pregnancy yet many people don’t know that using “the pill” comes with more than just one advantage for women. It helps millions of women reduce the pain of their monthly period, reduce acne and prevent unwanted pregnancy.

Planned Parenthood states, “58 percent of all women who use the pill rely on it, at least in part, for something other than pregnancy prevention.”

Over the past year, the Trump administration is making it harder for women to get access to birth control. The Affordable Care Act, created by Obama during his presidency, helped millions of women to avoid unwanted pregnancy by eliminating out-of-pocket costs for contraception, which can be a much as $100 every month. Now, the Department of Health and Services is able to make it much harder to have access to free contraception due to “moral and religious sensibilities.” Why should the government be allowed to choose what women do with their bodies?

The Trump administration states that free contraception around America will lead to “risky sexual behavior.” Ironically, the Trump administration doesn’t protect the needs of women but protects the current president from all the accusations regarding his scandalous behavior.

Women have the right to be able to choose when they want to have children. Currently, America is at the lowest rate of unwanted pregnancy in 30 years and at a historic low in teenage pregnancies because of the access to birth control and other contraceptives.

As well as eliminating free birth control, President Trump has promised to stop government funding to Planned Parenthoods across America. After the opening of Planned Parenthood in 1916, millions of Americans, men and women, rely on the nonprofit to help with more than just abortions and free contraceptives. Planned Parenthood offers a variety of testings such as cancer screenings, vaccines, men’s health testing and STD testing. Being responsible for your own body is necessary in a world in which STDs have become more and more prevalent. 25% of America’s population has some type of incurable transmitted disease. It is so important to use protection if you’re sexually active.

For most of us, visiting a local clinic and Planned Parenthood can be scary and embarrassing. There is nothing to be embarrassed about. If the unexpected happens, places like that are there to help you, not judge you. Contraceptives were created to protect us. Their use does not promote “risky sexual behavior,” they promote a life of protection and health.

Pros
99.9% effective if taken every day at the same time
Helps regulate painful periods
Helps with hormonal acne
Helps with ovarian cysts
Makes you less likely to get ovarian and uterine cancer, pelvic inflammatory disease, ovarian cysts, and anemia
Doesn’t interrupt sexual activity

Cons
Headaches
Have to take the pill the same time every day
Nausea
Bleeding between periods
Excessive weight gains
Mood swings
Depression
Increase risk of breast cancer
Doesn’t protect against STD or STI
Depending on your insurance, your birth control may be free or there may be a co-pay.

Two sentences: Below are a list of pros and cons about birth control. These can differ for every women who takes birth control.

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