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Contraceptives and their availability have been hotly debatedsubjects for decades and as the prevalence of contraceptives in popularand social culture expands the debates have only flared The questionof greatest concern to many people is at what age young men and womenshould be allowed to obtain contraceptives without parental consentShould young men and women have to wait until they turn 18 and arelegally emancipated from their parents or legal guardians or shouldthey be given access as soon as their maturity level and understandingof sexual behavior are sufficient While both sides can present validarguments there can be no distinction between the appropriate and themalapropos young men and women under the age of 18 should not haveaccess to contraceptives without the clear consent of their parents orlegal guardians Setting such an age requirement will have positiveeffects on American families and popular culture alike as it willreestablish respect for family values greatly reduce the prevalence ofsexually transmitted diseases STDs sexually transmitted illnessesSTIs and pregnancy as well as delaying sexual activity in young menand women which they are mot a mature enough to handleCommunication between teenagers and parents can be strained by manyfactors including but not limited to disagreements over money schoolattitude and sex With the discussions about sex or in some casesarguments and contraceptives are unanimous If contraceptives are madeavailable for young men and women under the age of 18 without need forparental consent family communication and trust may suffer greatly asgreater numbers of teens choose to receive contraception withoutparental consent in order to avoid conflict Although arguments betweenparents and teenagers are a normal and healthy part of growing up andbecoming independent Importance of Family 2012 most parents andteenagers will say that they wish that conflict was more infrequent andless unpredictable Studies have concluded that the major factors incausing conflicts between teenagers and their guardians stem from a lackof openness honesty and respect as well as a lack of clearexpectations
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