Abortion and birth control are two very controversial issues and even taboo in India, though it should not be either of those. Our lives are changing and so is the young generation. It is a reality that young people are having sex, probably right from teenage. The younger generation is not as sexually repressive as the last and should not help up to the value systems of the previous generations. It is time we talk about it and reduce the stigma surrounding.
Above all, we need to accept the fact that there are young people who are having sex and it is imperative that they have access to proper birth control and contraception, with or without parental consent, especially if they are in their late teens and older. At this age, they will soon be granted the vote to right and some will even be allowed to get legally married soon.
Whenever teenagers talk about sex or even liking someone, there is a hush in the room, a sense of awkwardness. Sex is seen as something sinful and dirty, even though it is perfectly natural. Girls, especially, are shamed if they are sexually active. This mystery further confuses teenagers who may access unreliable sources to know more about and may start having unprotected sex, which may lead to problems like STDs and unnecessary abortions. This is why it is imperative that teens know about sex and understand it, including the consequences of unprotected sex.
It is time that parents talk to their children about sex, sexuality and contraception. It is absolutely essential that young people should have access to contraception. Teenagers should be able to access contraception, especially if they are financially independent. The better and more lasting solution is to spread awareness about the issue and reduce the taboo around teenagers having sex.
This way, they can access safe contraception and abortion, if they need it. The debate should not be whether or not teenagers need permission for contraception. What we need to discuss is how can parents help them gain access to contraception. If the government thinks 18-year-old teenage girls (though it is 21 for guys, which is quite regressive) can get married, then any person around that age should have access to contraception.