Birth Control Pills Could Be Sold Without a Prescription: A Possibility?

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There is talk going around that there may come a time when contraceptive birth control pills will be purchased over the counter without a prescription. What would this mean to teenage girls?

A teenager is more likely to become pregnant than a forty-year-old woman. The life of a teenager is not as innocent as many would like to think. This is a time for exploring their feelings and their bodies. A parent can’t prevent everything. If you found out your daughter was having a sexual relation with her boyfriend, what could you do to stop it? Punish her? Is that really the correct answer?

Okay, she’s been punished, but she is in love. Many married couples who have lived happily married for over thirty years were high school sweethearts. Nine times out of ten, that punishment is only going to make her want to continue doing what she was doing, or they will break up. The breakup could be the ruin of her life and his, especially if they were meant to be together.

Parents try to control too much of their child’s lives. They will never learn about life consequences if they are constantly told do this and don’t do that. These kids need to learn to make their decisions in their life to become stronger individuals. What will your teen do if you die tomorrow and they never learned to live their life? This would be a psychological dilemma.

There is no reason to believe that by taking birth control pills a teenager will be more likely to increase their sexual activity. Teens will do what teens want to do. Sometimes they will do it out of spite of their parents’ wishes. If they were to contract a sexual disease, they would get one with or without birth control pills. Condoms are already sold over the counter without prescriptions, but they don’t always protect against pregnancy. Accidents do happen.

The worst thing to happen to a sexually active teen is pregnancy, not a sexually contracted disease. Pregnancy is one of the top reasons why teens drop out of high school. There is nothing worse than dropping out in the last year of school. Most will never return to get their diploma. The GED test is harder than returning to school. There are questions on the exam that most high school graduates can’t answer.

Changing the rule about needing a prescription to get birth control might lower the rate of unwanted births. Most of the women and teens with unwanted births are living above poverty. The health care costs have become too steep since Obama Care was created. Nowadays, the deductible that many people have to pay before seeing a doctor for a checkup is out of their reach. $6,000 is too steep for a person who makes only $18,000 a year. That is one-third of their annual pay. Because of the high deductibles, there may be more unexpected births to older women in the coming years because they can’t afford to see their doctor for that annual checkup to renew their prescriptions for birth control pills.

To think, society is worried about the teen births?

Recalling Past times – Family Holiday Dinners

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If I were to think back in time to a crucial memory, I would have to reflect on the annual family dinners during the holidays. My mother’s side of the family was not only large, but it was also a close-knit family that was held together with tape and glue by my late Aunt Barbra. She was the oldest and second in charge to my Grandmother, out of a family of ten children consisting of six boys and four girls. Grandma was a wise soul who managed to raise her children mostly on her own. Grandpa died when my mother was eight years old from the effects of mustard gas he had been subject to during WWII.

Mom told me many times of her escapades of growing up. How Grandma used to catch the chickens in the backyard and put them on the chopping block for Sunday dinner. One time she forgot to tie the legs and had red-stained sheets on her clothes line. Or of another occasion, when her father was still alive, he went to cook the turkey for Thanksgiving dinner and learned that he didn’t remove all its inners before cooking it. That year, all the guests were fed Liver for dinner because the turkey was ruined.

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When I was born, part of the family began coming to my parents’ home for holiday dinners. We lived in a small mobile home. I don’t remember much of this time period as I reflect back in time. I have no idea how everyone was able to fit into that small trailer for dinner. By the time I was entering third grade, my parents had upgraded their mobile home to a larger version. We could now fit about twenty people at one time in our home. A bit crowded, but we fit. Aunt Barbra had taken over the holiday dinners by then. We would travel across the state to spend time at her house instead, usually spending the night.

Thinking back to that time, I see that Aunt Barbra was very successful for a woman during the 1970’s. She worked for Ma Bell back then. Owned her own home, owned her own car and managed her own household up until her death, remaining an old maid. That’s right, she never married. I don’t know if she’d ever had a significant other in her life. She must have had someone, I’m sure. Some of my Uncles had lived with her for a few years before they went off to marry and start their own families.

Those holiday dinners were good times, fun times. Seeing cousins and Aunts and Uncles that we only would see once a year. Family meals were taken for granted. When Aunt Barbra passed away, all the glue and tape let go and the family dinners disappeared.

My mother tried for years to hold on to that family dinner tradition, but it wasn’t the same, and slowly became an obsession that turned into weekly Sunday dinners. Time has passed, the family dinner tradition is only a memory of the past. My own children never had the taste of the family holiday dinner I had when I was growing up. Our Holidays consist of the annual Turkey and Christmas ham that is eaten by four family members and two dogs.

Holiday dinners are not what they used to be, but they are memories I will relish forever.