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Debate Score:44
Arguments:33
Total Votes:49
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Should doctors be allowed to prescribe contraception for girls under the age of 16?

to start with contraception means to deilberately prevent impregnation, IE birth control.

Should doctors be prescribing girls under 16 these drugs? Is it right for girls so young to be sexually active?

Yea

Side Score: 32
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Nope

Side Score: 12
3 points

For starters contraception ( birth control ) is not always effective.

Young women having their first sexual intercourse under the age of 16 are unlikely to be in a stable relationship. While still for the most part in need of parenting themselves they are least likely to be realistic about the consequences of becoming pregnant. They should be able to seek birth control pills from their doctors as who wants to see the life of a young girl ruined before she has a chance to start it?

A girl under the age of 18 with a child is most likely going to be unprepared and forced to drop out of school, lose their independence of their parents ( most likely ), and lost their life that they could of had. Their boyfriends have most likely left them, leaving many alone without their parents even as they are disgusted with the matter.

Abortion is a touchy subject but it wouldn't have to be a subject at all if girls were on B.C. pills now would it?

Side: yea
3 points

Welllll, it's not "right" for girls that young to be active, but can we stop them? Not really. SOOOOOo, putting them on birth control is the next best option unless we want a bunch more teenage moms around with babies not growing up in the right environments. Therefore, I'm all for it. If a girl is at least wise enough to go to the doctor secretly and get on the pill, than bravo. Unfortunately, doctors are forbidden from treating patients under 18 without parental consent, aren't they? Even in planned pregnancy places? I"m not sure. But I know if the parents permission is needed, then there's a lesser chance they're go on anything as the parents will try and control them to not have sex (which, of course, doesn't really work).

Side: yea
1 point

as long as the girl has to pay for it herself (or if the parents consent to having insurance or themselves pay for it), i have no problem with it.

but the second someone who's non-consenting has to pay for it, it's bullshit.

Side: yea
1 point

They should be allowed to prescribe contraception only if the parents give their consent. When you are that young it is really hard to make judgment on that call.

Side: yea
1 point

I'd much rather see a girl use birth control and be sexually active than a girl NOT use any birth control, be sexually active, and then seek an abortion for being so damned irresponsible. But I think the parents should know that she is getting the contraceptive.

Side: yea
1 point

Come to San Antonio for a while. You'll see.

Bad sex-ed - access to contraceptives = teenage pregnancy capital.

Catholic anti-abortion stance + close Mexican-American family ties = most of those give birth and raise the kid

High birth rate + environment of abundance = humans switching to from K-strategy to r-strategy breeding

Supporting Evidence: Wikipedia: K-selection (en.wikipedia.org)
Side: yea
1 point

i think every young girl that gets her period should be allowed to be on a contraceptive device with or without permission from their parents.

If they are at the age wherethe can fall prenant, they should be llowed to prevent it from hapening!

Side: yea

I don't like to see any young girl be sexually active at that age but if they find they cannot say no I'd rather see them protected than not. The only thing is I really do believe the parents should know what the doc is prescribing for an underaged child.

Side: yea

Absolutely. Educating young ones about contraceptives does not encourage them to have sex, in the same way that educating them about the Holocaust doesn't encourage them to become Nazis. (Does that make sense? Maybe. But you get what I mean.) It's absolutely vital to have resources for young people who will make their own decisions regardless of what is provided for them.

Side: yea
1 point

contraception pills should be able to be used by girls under 16 without parental permission because they dont want to get pregnant,and sometimes they are forced into sex so its not their fault and it would help them a lot.

Side: yea

With parental approval.

Side: yea
1 point

I mean I am a teen mom and I didn't have any birth control. I had nobody to talk about sex to so maybe if someone talked to teens about it more then maybe they would think twice before doing something I don't want my daughter ending up like me when I first had her at the age of 14 now im15 and have the perfect life money,house, cars, clothes and everything I always wanted. So its not all bad. I am a very oppositional person so I always did the opposite of what everyone told me and I believe many teens are like that too. So I am going to treat my daughter differently so maybe shewnt make the same decision that I did. But If she does I really can't do anything about it but stay by her side and helper through the tough times. I mean I don't want to be like don't haves baby at a young age or I'll disown you. No! I'll be a hypocrite. So I'll only do what I can

Side: yea
1 point

As a user of oral contraceptives since the age of 15, I am obviously for the prescription of them for girls under the age of sixteen. Since I've started using them, I was never tempted to engage in "unsafe sex", because birth control does not protect against STI's. I was on the pill in order to regulate my dysmenorrhoea, menstrual pains that interfere with everyday activities, and that was how it remains to today. However, being on the pill and using condoms AT THE SAME TIME gives me assurance that my sex is as safe as it can be.

Side: Yea

If the teen has the permission from her parents, then she should be allowed the prescription.

Side: Yea
3 points

By encouraging young people to have sex at an early age we expose them to a myriad of potential risks. Contraception is not always effective, and can result in unwanted pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases.

Legalising the prescription of contraception will not prevent the problem of teenage pregnancy. This is not due to a lack of prescribed contraception, but to other factors such as inadequate sex education, a lower age of sexual maturity, etc. Young girls are far more likely to use condoms than birth control especially when these girls are under the age of 16.

The issue of the health of the girl must also be considered. We are yet unsure of the potential harmful effects of the birth control pill in women. Is it not irresponsible to prescribe this to young girls who are still experiencing puberty before we are fully aware of the dangers?

Side: NOPE
iamdavidh(4871) Disputed
4 points

1. contraceptives don't encourage people to have sex, sex encourages people to have sex.

2. contraceptives do cut down on teen pregnancies... that's what contraception does...

3. I'll concede your last point to a degree, but you could say the same thing about the health effects of cheesburgers on teens, we're as yet not 100% sure what the long term effects of these things are either.

Anyone who is old enough to get pregnant should be allowed to get a contraceptive.

It's ridiculous to think that anyone on earth is not going to have sex just because they can't get a pill.

Side: yea
JakeJ(3255) Disputed
1 point

"1. contraceptives don't encourage people to have sex, sex encourages people to have sex."

Contraceptives teach people that they can only what feels good and ignore consequences. That is NOT a good thing.

"It's ridiculous to think that anyone on earth is not going to have sex just because they can't get a pill."

Yeah, believe it or not, some people are actually smart. I know, that's hard to believe.

Side: NOPE
1 point

Nope, if they want to screw up their lives let them that is their problem. Abstinence it's the best answer here. I have said that many times and I will keep saying it.

Side: abstinence
ledhead818(637) Disputed
0 points

Oh no, another abstinence only advocate. I thought your ilk hadn't figured out how to use computers yet. Clearly abstinence is the best way to avoid pregnancies or STDs, no one is arguing against that. The problem, however, is that people who want to have sex are going to have sex regardless of whether or not they get contraceptives. The goal of total abstinence for teenagers is totally unrealistic.

"On August 4, 2007, the British Medical Journal published an editorial concluding that there is "no evidence" that abstinence-only sex education programs "reduce risky sexual behaviours, incidence of sexually transmitted infections, or pregnancy" in "high income countries".[22]

A comprehensive review of 115 program evaluations published in November 2007 by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy found that two-thirds of sex education programs focusing on both abstinence and contraception had a positive effect on teen sexual behavior. The same study found no strong evidence that abstinence-only programs delayed the initiation of sex, hastened the return to abstinence, or reduced the number of sexual partners."

If you know that teenagers are going to have sex regardless of whether or not give you them access to contraceptives, it is morally reprehensible to restrict their access. This is exactly the same thing as if you know someone is going to shoot themself in the chest because they think it will be fun, but you refuse to let them wear a bulletproof vest because "if they want to screw up their lives let them that is their problem."

The U.S. spends more money than any other non-theocratic country on abstinence only education, yet we have the worst teen pregnancy and teen STD statistics.

Giving kids contraceptives isn't going to make them have sex, it will just keep them safe when they do.

Side: yea
JakeJ(3255) Disputed
1 point

"I thought your ilk hadn't figured out how to use computers yet."

So mature.

"Clearly abstinence is the best way to avoid pregnancies or STDs, no one is arguing against that. The problem, however, is that people who want to have sex are going to have sex regardless of whether or not they get contraceptives. The goal of total abstinence for teenagers is totally unrealistic."

I know that people will insist on doing whatever they want.

But I think that contreceptives encourage people to do whatever feels good and avoid consequences.

And it's not just this teens aren't learning the value of consequences and hard work nearly as much as they should. People are doing whatever feels good these days, it's fun fun fun. There is so much more to life.

If someone I knew wanted to shoot them self for fun. I would try to physically stop them and call the psych ward. (;

"The U.S. spends more money than any other non-theocratic country on abstinence only education, yet we have the worst teen pregnancy and teen STD statistics."

Yea government programs usually suck. (; Lets just give the kids the facts. Nothing more and nothing less.

Side: NOPE
1 point

i think if kids under 16 do get contraception drugs there parents should know because something can happen to your health but HEY WHAT DO I KNOW I'm only 13!! it is just lyk abortiobn<3

Side: NOPE
1 point

i choose noe because not only is it bad for these young girls but in a sense by the doctors giving these girls contraceptives thier pretty much saying "Oh go right ahead and have sex!" these doctors are giving these girls the go ahead to have sex with just taking these pills. i believe that girls under the age of 16 shouldn't even be thinking of SEX and they should be focused on their work.

Side: NOPE
1 point

I think that if contraceptives like the pill are given to kids under 16, it would not be good! Okay so first of all, people 16 and under are KIDS and CHILDREN! So they are clearly not mature enough for sex in the first place. Also the pill could be harmful in the future! If they take the pill now, it could mess them up and they might not be able to have kids later! Lastly, they are CHILDREN and should not have sex. But, if contraceptives are prescribed to kids, the parents sould HAVE to know... I mean, what if they are allergic!

Side: NOPE
1 point

I think doctors who prescribe the pil to young girls under the age of 18 is a bad idea because the girls can then go out and have sex and those pills are 99.9% effective. But if the parents cared about their young daughters they would say no and not let their doctors give them the bill but the parents probaly don't know that much about what their kids are doing.

Side: Nope
0 points

i would like to say no because will that girl take her baby to school ???? noooo because that girl needs a full care of herself and her baby

Side: NOPE
1 point

That... that doesn't make sense. You should probably not sully a very good debate with your nonsense.

Side: yea
0 points

i would like to say no because will that girl take her baby to school ???? noooo because that girl needs a full care of herself and her baby

Side: NOPE
Spoonerism(831) Disputed
1 point

contraception means to deilberately prevent impregnation, IE birth control.

So should doctors give contraception (a means to stop pregnancy from happening) to girls under 16 years old?

According to your argument, yes, because girls shouldn't be bringing their babies to school, right? So they shouldn't be having those babies in the first place? So we should give them a means to prevent that from happening.

Side: yea