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Students often feel as if they have to hide their problems or situations from an adult and often avoid the situation, which can lead to more problems and conflicts, particularly for younger girls. With a new California law becoming official soon (it has not been officially passed, yet), women and girls of any age can go to their nearest pharmacist and pick up birth control without the prescription of a doctor. All that is needed before the pill is given is for the woman to fill out a questionnaire proctored by the pharmacist. I feel as though this new level of birth control  accessibility could have a negative impact on the lives of women in California- specifically in that increased access may lead to lessened precaution taken when engaging in sexual activity.

I feel that if any girl can have access to a pill or prescription without a doctor’s professional opinion, it could be very dangerous. I feel this way because a young girl in this situation may not have considered the risks of having full responsibility of the drug without an adult knowing. In the prescription process, the dangers as well as benefits of the contraceptive method are disclosed to the recipient, and I feel there is a danger in this process being negated. Contraceptives are known to have various effects on the body, specifically in that they modify the female hormone levels in the taker to which can have create serious health implications. In essence, the new freedom granted to young girls in this circumstance may have a negative impact on the lives of women who plan to take contraceptives as there is a potential that the pills or other method may have negative health impacts, or may ease the precautions a woman may take when engaging in sexual activity.

Although some may feel as though this law would prevent unplanned pregnancies or other related situations in young teens because of easy access to a pharmacist, I feel as though it will increase the likelihood of situations that could harm a woman or young girl who takes birth control without a doctor or another trusted individual knowing.

In conclusion, the new California law in which elicits that women of any age can fill out a 20 question questionnaire for a pharmacist, has the potential to be a negative change in the world of contraceptives. The negative impacts of this law include the potential of lessened precaution when engaging in sexual activity as well as the the overlooking of the negative health implications the contraceptive may have on the taker- and these two negatives paint a negative picture in light of this new law.

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California’s New Contraceptive Law