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A contraceptive refers to a way of preventing problems associated with having a sexual intercourse. These problems include unwanted pregnancies and sexual transmitted diseases (STDs) such as HIV/Aids. In this regard, it is imperative to allow teenagers to use contraceptive. Unfortunately, anti-contraceptives advocates propose for abstinence as the only 100% way to avoid such problems. On one hand, I agree with them but on the other hand, I disagree. Why? In as much as abstinence would be a perfect solution in this regard, its practicability is not near to perfect. This is so because many teenagers do not want or are unable to abstain. In fact, teenage is characterized by much sexual feelings. In more subjective terms, preventing teens to express their sexual feelings can only be termed as a form of oppression (Cheryl, 1999). Some people also argue that the only way to avoid sexually transmitted diseases is to abstain till marriage. This is not always true since even then, you are not assured of having a faithful partner.

In the absence of contraceptives, there would be high rates of STDs among the teens and high pregnancy rates. Teen pregnancy has several severe implications like: high school drop out rate, high abortion rate and also pose a terminal danger to the health of such "mothers". It has also been scientifically proved that children born by teens have both poor physical and mental development. Besides, teenagers may not have the ability to take responsibility of their children and as such, the burden is shifted to their parents who had not planned for such responsibility. Dropping out of school also means foregoing a lifetime income thereby translating to rising poverty levels. It is not fictitious to say that in absence of contraceptives, the death rate among the many sexually active teens would be very high. This has a lot of cost to the society for instance in terms of medical care.

In conclusion therefore, it is not right to term the use of contraceptives among the teens as a crime or immoral. In fact, the act of denying teen's access to contraceptives should be declared illegal. Non use of contraceptive does not in any way promote morality of the society as some would argue; it is only a foundation to the many problems facing the society.

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