The Pros And Cons Of Birth Control

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Since the beginning of mankind, humans have found and used different forms of contraception to prevent pregnancy. One of the first recorded cases was from 1550 BCE when Egyptians used honey, acacia leaves, and lint to block sperm from entering the uterus. Since then, birth control has grown in popularity, uses, and types. 92% of sexually active women have used some form of birth control and 68% of those women are currently still using it. 67% of women use nonpermanent contraception methods such as IUDs, the pill, the patch, etc., while 25% of women rely on sterilization and the other 8% rely on male contraception such as condoms. While some see no issue with birth control and its uses, others have very strong beliefs against it. The most recorded issues with birth control are religious affiliations, parental influences, and political views. To begin with, there are certain religious faiths that have strong beliefs against birth control and its use within its community. Such religions include different forms of Christianity, Islam, Judaism, and others. An issue revolving around birth control from a religious standpoint is physicians allowing their religious believes to stand in the way of medicine. Curlin et al discusses a study done on whether doctors with religious backgrounds would practice medicine that went against their beliefs, stating “To determine whether physicians' judgments about their ethical obligations are associated with their views on controversial

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