Excessive availability of contraceptives

Other Names:
Deregulation of the sale of contraceptives

The provision of birth control information and supplies to young teenagers takes place in many countries without the permission of the children's parents. Coupled with sex education offered from childhood onwards, young people are positively encouraged to view the major ethical issue in sexuality as the extent to which contraception is effective.


Contraceptives should only be provided by a doctor. Going to a medical centre or private doctor means it is more likely that a woman will have checks on her blood pressure and other checks such as cervical smears and lifestyle counselling.


Counter Claim:

Taking the oral contraceptive pill is far less dangerous to health than getting pregnant or smoking. The contraceptive pill should be sold direct to women in vending machines while cigarettes should be available on prescription. If the pill were taken off prescription, market competition would bring the price tumbling. The same should be done for post-coital contraceptives ("morning-after" pill).


Broader Problems:
Problem Type:
D: Detailed problems
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
Date of last update
22.05.2019 – 16:49 CEST