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Birth Control : The Age Old Debate

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Birth Control: The Age Old Debate Sex for pleasure instead of reproduction has been a concept practiced for millennium. The concept of birth control has been around since for several millennium, as evidenced by “cave [paintings] that researchers believe could be 15,000 years old, found in France” (Gibson, 2015); presumably made out of “fish bladders, linen sheaths, and animal intestines” (Thompson, 2013). Evidence of things like spermicide has been around since 1500 B.C.E. Rubber condoms and dental dams have been around for nearly 200 years. And yet, there is still an extreme pushback on birth control. In the year 1873, the Comstock Act was put into place. This act prohibited the distribution knowledge of birth control on a scale ranging from printing to conversations between doctors and patients. This act prompted centuries of skepticism and backlash towards the concept of birth control. The backlash towards birth control is based on nothing but on the archaic views of the past featuring themes on abstinence and notions like that the sole purpose of a woman is to be a child-bearer; therefore birth control and the knowledge of such should be accessible to every person regardless of age, socioeconomic status, gender and sexual orientation. Formerly, one of the largest arguments against educating people about birth control and making it free and available is that promoting it will promote pre-marital sex and therefore the spread of STD’S and unwanted pregnancy, especially
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