Friday, March 16, 2012

Birth Control Ban

Thursday March 15, 2012

Dear Mr. President,

            My name is Cara, a student at Parkway West Middle School.  I am writing to you to share my thoughts on the church's birth control policy and the possibility of employers denying women their right to birth control.  I became interested in this topic because of a class project.  I realized that for others, this could be a serious issue.  It could cause women injury or even death if not reprimanded. 

            Firstly, overpopulation is a certain issue for this country if we make birth control harder to obtain.  Many overpopulated countries like China have resorted to drastic measures such as the "one-child policy" to keep the population down.  A solution such as this would not go over well in America, but this may become our future reality.  Clearly banning birth control wouldn't do much for anyone.  Plus, banning birth control violates our right to freedom.  If the church is preventing citizens from getting what the need to survive because their religion says it's wrong, wouldn't that be violating our freedom to disagree with them religiously? 

            Furthermore, making birth control harder to obtain could cause more cancer related deaths.  Birth control is actually common medication used to treat those with ovarian cancer or cists.  Making it harder to get would only hinder their treatment.  We are a country of the people, by the people, for the people—for ALL people.  If the church is putting their beliefs ahead of others lives, I don't know what this world is coming to. Allowing these women to go untreated would result in hundreds of injuries and thousands of deaths.

            I urge you to take immediate action and to make a compromise, such as having the patient give their input on whether they want to have birth control on their insurance or not .  After all, this is a country for the people, why not let them decide?  Besides, men shouldn't be the ones to decide what women do or do not need for their health.  We women were given our rights long ago, so let us remember to abide by them.

            Thank you for taking the time to read this letter and for all of the hard work you do for this country.


Parkway West Middle School
St. Louis, MO

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