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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 question ofgreatest concern to many people is at what age young men and women shouldbe allowed to obtain contraceptives without parental consent Should youngmen and women have to wait until they turn 18 and are legally emancipatedfrom their parents or legal guardians or should they be given access assoon as their maturity level and understanding of sexual behavior aresufficient While both sides can present valid arguments there can be nodistinction between the appropriate and the malapropos young men and womenunder the age of 18 should not have access to contraceptives without theclear consent of their parents or legal guardians Setting such an agerequirement will have positive effects on American families and popularculture alike as it will reestablish respect for family values greatlyreduce the prevalence of sexually transmitted diseases STDs sexuallytransmitted illnesses STIs and pregnancy as well as delaying sexualactivity in young men and women which they are mot a mature enough tohandle Communication between teenagers and parents can be strained by manyfactors including but not limited to disagreements over money schoolattitude and sex If contraceptives are made available for young men andwomen under the age of 18 without need for parental consent familycommunication and trust may suffer greatly as greater numbers of teenschoose to receive contraception without parental consent in order to avoidconflict Although arguments between parents and teenagers are a normal andhealthy part of growing up and becoming independent Importance ofFamily 2012 most parents and teenagers will say that they wish thatconflict was more infrequent and less unpredictable Studies have concludedthat the major factors in causing conflicts between teenagers and theirguardians stem from a lack of openness honesty and respect as well as alack of clear expectations and effective communicationTalking With2012 All
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