Birth control is a woman’s right to her own body!
Birth control might be condoned and encouraged in general, but there is a surprising amount of moral policing which goes against this method. A staggering number of people are against birth control methods, and it is quite shocking to note that a number of doctors, who have sworn the oath of always considering health before anything else, allow such arbitrary morals to get in the way of good judgment.
A woman should have complete right to her body, and she should be the only one to decide what to do with it. If she chooses to be sexually active without wanting to get pregnant, it should be her right alone, and society at large should not be deciding what cannot do with her own body. Birth control has been recognized by the United Nations as a basic human right. It is the right of a woman to her own body, purely on account of being a human alone, but unfortunately, a number of people choose to look at it otherwise.
The underlying problem here lies in how a woman is generally viewed in society, and how the world at large, considers a woman’s body. This is also a huge factor which amounts to rape, harassment and molestation. It is the lack of a very basic recognition, which is a woman’s right to her physical self. The world at large, refuses to consider a woman as a wholly independent being, capable of owning herself body and soul. A woman’s body is either objectified, or looked upon as a baby-making machine, both views being deeply flawed and misogynistic viewpoints.
Every woman has the right to decide on what to do with various parts of her body, including her reproductive system. Just like all men are not the same, all women too, do not want to be child-bearers, especially at an inopportune moment. A woman may be young and unmarried and she may not want to bring up a child by herself. In such a situation, birth control is very necessary. Even for a woman who is married and has children, she should be allowed to be sexually active without the fear of getting pregnant.
Birth control does not just help with family planning, it also helps prevent over-population. Which is why it should be made widely available in developing countries, where the population often grows at a very high speed, and very young mothers as well as new-born children tend to suffer from a very high mortality rate. Birth control is directly linked to population-control as well as smart economics not just in the family, but in the country.
Beyond the more public benefits of birth control and its availability, lies the more personal decision of a woman to choose to do with her own body as she pleases. Women should be viewed as being more than just objects made to fulfill certain basic functions in life. They are individuals who are quite capable of making their own decisions, and she will be the one carrying an unwanted baby for nine months unless she uses any of the birth-control methods. Therefore, every moral preacher who talks against birth-control should be made to wonder what it would be like to not even have the right to one’s own body. It should be a woman’s decision, and her’s alone.