Should teenage girls be allowed to get birth control without the permission of their parents?

Dec 23rd, 2020 | by  Shweta Pardeshi


This is a question that we really need to ponder upon since a lot of teenage pregnancy cases are emerging in our time. Every year, an estimated 12 million girls aged 15-19 years in developing regions become pregnant. In India, it is more than 50 percent of adolescents. Now, coming back to our question. Let’s consider that the law does not allow teenage girls to get birth control without the consent of their parents. If it is a genuine mistake made by some girl and she really wants to get birth control and has a very conservative family with whom she can’t even imagine sharing such a problem then it’s a big trouble for her. This will build pressure on her and who knows what the consequences could be. When teens cannot handle the pressure, the only thing that comes to their minds is suicide. Nothing is greater than a person’s life. On the contrary, if the law allows teenage girls to get birth control without the consent of their parents, there is a high possibility that girls will become too carefree, wouldn’t be as cautious, and misuse the freedom given to them. Keeping all this aside, there still are other issues like scams in the market. Some health care centres are fraudulent and will do anything for money. They find their targets in these exact situations. There are pros and cons to everything.

To sum it all up, I don’t think there is a right or a wrong answer to this question. It all really depends on the circumstances, the situation that you’re in. Even if the law allows or does not allow birth control without the permission of parents, problems are going to arise in any situation. In my opinion, there can be a solution.

  • I just feel that before getting birth control, one must at least consult an adult whether they are their parents or not. 
  • A doctor’s valid prescription shall also be there. 
  • One thing is for sure that the kids do not get proper sex education in India. Teenage children are reckless enough to take the wrong steps. If this problem gets solved, I hope that they use the necessary protective measures. There should be proper education provided regarding the consequences and circumstances of their acts. It will take time but soon the situation will improve.

Honestly, if teenagers just stay a little alert and careful these problems wouldn’t really arise, right? Nonetheless, they should be prepared in situations like these.



Shweta Pardeshi

Shweta Pardeshi

An artist. A dreamer.

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