The Pill…and the Controversy Louise Slaughter once said “For most women, including women who want to have children, contraception is not an option; it is a basic health care necessity”.
Contraception is an extremely controversial topic today in the United States. Many people consider it a wrongful act, and have tried banning it several types of contraceptives in the nation. Not only are the regular citizens against it, forming anti abortion associations, but higher power individuals such as law makers are as well. Several people consider it abortion, since they carry more traditional and conservative thoughts on the subject, and there are others who consider it Planned Parenthood. Furthermore, disregarding the high controversies be held in the United States, whether it is abortion or avoiding conception, contraception is used today by many women in a healthy and legal manner to prevent pregnancies. Thanks to the brains of scientist there are several methods of contraception that exist today, in favor of avoiding parenthood, one of those particular methods is a birth control pill taken orally. The act of avoiding contraception dates back all the way to the ancient Egyptians. Woman would place dried crocodile dung next to the cervix to prevent getting pregnant (Crooks, Baur 2014). Not only did this occur in Egypt but it was also occurring in Greece as well. The women of Greece were told to eat the uterus or the testis of a mule to prevent conception of a child. Every place has their own beliefs and traditions, like wise in Italy it was noted by Giovanni Casanova that there was a condom made of animal-membrane, tied with a ribbon at the base of the penis. All these ideas and different types of contraception were later evolved into what we have today such as; oral birth control, Plan B, male and female condoms, etc. The above information ties into the article “Once a month contraceptive pill possible”. The article focuses on one particular pill, though this pill does not currently fill our drug store shelves there are scientist who do believe that it is scientifically possible to create such a thing. Just as any other innovation, especially the innovations that have potential to alter or have a possible affect on the morals of a society, this once a month pill is prone to have uproar around the United States, as a sign of abortion since the anti-abortion organizations already exist. For many years, contraceptives such as the pill have been taboo in several societies around the world, one issue being abortion. Although it is not directly abortion many Americans consider it abortion because they say “it prevents implantation of a fertilized egg”. Scientist have two sides to this argument. There is one side stating that a once a month pill taken orally is similar to the morning after pill, they say this will benefit woman since they won’t have to have the inconvenience of taking a birth control every day. But there is also the other side of the argument which states that there are many companies and organizations who will cause major controversies and negative connotations that will build onto this possible invention. Controversies, as stated earlier, is inevitable. Some people are uncomfortable with contraceptive methods that prevent implantation of a fertilized egg, but interrupting the process of pregnancy after implantation “is abortion by any definition”. (Bosely, 2014) While this article discusses a new possible innovative contraceptive method, the text Our Sexuality by Robert Crooks and Karla Baur discusses the topic such as contemporary issues and anti-contraception politics. These topics in the text exclusively talk about the controversies that these scientist fear receiving by moving forward with the pill. The text specifically discusses contraception in the United States, emphasizing the laws concerning its use and the methods available for contraception throughout history and how