Life Without The Pill: Benefits Of Birth Control

Life Without The Pill: Benefits Of Birth Control

Happiness isn't priceless when birth control is not.

Recently the Trump Administration rolled back the birth control mandate set into place by the Affordable Care Act. This mandate forced all employers to offer birth control to employees without deductibles or co-pays, making it much more affordable for people who might not be able to afford it otherwise. The main reason for getting rid of this contraceptive mandate was to protect the religious beliefs of employers, specifically those who feel contraception is wrong and goes against the values of their religion. With no other alternatives being offered to the employees losing their affordable birth control, this is the perfect time to bring more attention to the history of birth control in America, and how this act could negatively impact statistics that have taken time to achieve.

While birth control primarily impacts women, it also has a strong impact on children. Having access to affordable contraceptives avoids having too many children in households in which the parents are not financially able to take proper care of them. This helps both women who cannot afford to take care of one child and helps women and men both in families where having multiple children would greatly impact their financial stability. According to the National Bureau of Economic Research, children who live in homes in which the parents are using a form of contraception are 12% more likely to live in households that needed public assistance. So when thinking about the cost of birth control verses the cost of public assistance, one sounds much better. Birth control pills can typically cost between $15 and $50 a month, according to Planned Parenthood. Public assistance for one family can cost around $20,000 to $30,000 a year, depending on the family and their financial needs.

Some women have health issues that may prevent them from experiencing a healthy pregnancy, like diabetes. Diabetes can cause extremely difficult pregnancies, and in some cases, even death. Birth control already has caused a significant decrease in maternal mortality rates in countries all over the world, including the United States. In a study completed by researchers at John Hopkins University found that contraceptive methods prevent around 27 maternal deaths out of every 100,000 women each year. Keeping women alive should be important, and the fact that simply providing women with affordable and accessible birth control can do just that, is good reason for keeping it that way.

With different forms of contraception becoming more and more accessible, more women are going on to college and receiving higher education, as well as increasing their participation in the workforce. Having children can be very costly and time consuming. Having a child can change a woman's life dramatically. Finding the time and the money to support both a child and a college career is difficult, and not giving the necessary tools to women to prevent potentially giving up on higher education or their career is not acceptable.

Giving women, children, and families better lives should be of great importance in the United States. Birth control does not only help women better choose their path of life, but it also helps women with issues such as heavy menstrual cycles and acne. Allowing women to choose their futures and control what happens to their bodies is so important. Birth control has created better lives for so many women and children and overall has had such a positive impact on women over the course of many years, so let's not take a step backward.

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14 Fraternity Guy Gifts Ideas, Since He Already Has Enough Beer

Frat boys are a species of their own and here are some exciting gifts they will be ecstatic to receive!


What more do frat boys love than alcohol, partying, and just acting stupid? Here are some gifts that help fulfill all of those needs for the frat boy in your life!

1. Beer holster belt

Whats better than one beer? Six beers! This fashionable camouflage accessory can be used for tailgates, beach days, formals and everything in between.

Price: $8.49

2. Phone juul holder 

You know those cardholders everyone sticks on the back of their phones? Well, now a Juul holder for your phone is on the market! This will save your favorite frat boy from ever again losing his Juul!

Price: $10.98

3. Animal house poster 

This Animal House poster is a classic staple for any frat boy. This poster will compliment any frat house decor or lack thereof.

Price: $1.95

4. The American Fraternity book

Does the frat boy in your life need a good read for Thanksgiving or winter break? Look no farther, this will certainly keep his attention and give him a history lesson on American fraternity heritage and tradition.

Price: $28.46

5. Beer pong socks 

These snazzy socks featuring beer pong will be loved by any frat boy. As for the way to any frat boy's heart may, in fact, be beer pong.

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6. Condom case

This condom carrying case will not only protect condoms from damage but also make frat boys more inclined to practice safe sex, which is a win-win situation!

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7. Frat house candle

Ahhh yes, who does not like the smell of stale beer in a dark, musty frat house basement? Frat boys can make their apartment or bedroom back home smell like their favorite place with the help of this candle.

Price: $16.99

8. "Frat" sticker

Frat boys always need to make sure everyone around them knows just how "fratty" they are. This versatile stick can go on a laptop, car, water bottle, or practically anywhere their little hearts desire.

Price: $6.50

9. Natty Light t-shirt 

Even I will admit that this shirt is pretty cool. The frat boy in your life will wear this shirt at every possible moment, it is just that cool!

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10. Natty light fanny pack 

This fanny pack can absolutely be rocked by any frat boy. The built-in koozie adds a nice touch.

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11. Bud Light Neon Beer Sign 

A neon beer sign will be the perfect addition to any frat boys bedroom.

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12. Beer Opener

Although most frat boys' go to beers come in cans, this bottle opener will be useful for those special occasions when they buy nicer bottled beers.

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13. Frat House Dr. Sign

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Forget stealing random street signs, with this gift frat boys no longer have to do so.

14. Beer Lights 

Lights are an essential for any party and these will surely light up even the lamest parties.

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If Mac Miller Can't Get Cocaine Without Fentanyl In It, You Probably Can't, Either

You can never trust anyone but yourself at the end of the day, so please take care of yourself.


With the recent autopsy of rapper Mac Miller coming out, it is finally clear that the cause of death was not in fact suicide. His cause of death was due to the cocaine being cut with fentanyl. Fentanyl is a narcotic that treats severe pain. It is extremely lethal when mixed with other substances, especially alcohol. A cocktail of prescription pills such as xanex, oxycodone, hydrocodone, and generic Adderall were also found in the home. Miller was drinking heavily while snorting cocaine which is what inevitably caused the overdose.

An iPad with "linear lines of a powdery residue" was also found along a rolled up $20 bill in Miller's pocket. This shocked most people because a lot believed that Miller killed himself. Finding out that Miller accidentally overdosed really made me afraid of these drugs that are normalized in our society.

Cocaine is a very dangerous drug and if Mac Miller can't find cocaine that isn't cut with something, then neither can poor college kids. It is extremely scary that so many people in today's society treat cocaine like alcohol. Cocaine is extremely easy to become addicted to, and it should be treated that way.

What truly breaks my heart is finding out how Miller was found in a praying position when authorities arrived. Miller must have been so sick, and overdosing must have been the most painful experience. Mac Miller battled with substance abuse for years, which is was caused the breakup with Ariana Grande. Miller also attained a DUI as well as a hit-and-run earlier this year.

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Suicide is no longer the issue here, but rather addiction. The rapper was dealing with this issue for so long, and it makes me sad that no one pushed him into rehab. When looking back at the artist's history it is evident that his addiction kept snowballing. Miller would still be alive if he was able to fight the addiction. His death caused so much sadness in the world, especially among fans.

This now becomes an issue for so many people in college that mix various kinds of drugs. No one thinks that one little pill can kill you, but it is proven time and time again that it is entirely possible. You never know what the drug is even made of or cut with. A lot of drugs produced in Mexico are created with much cheaper ingredients, meaning that no one really knows what is in it.

When going to bars or parties in college, I see people taking various drugs. It always scares me when I think about instances like Mac Miller. I see so many girls accepting drugs and drinks from people that they not know, and it blows my mind. It is honestly such a risk to take, and a little buzz is not worth your life.

If people take anything from this article, it is to be extremely careful at parties. Only accept drinks from people you know. Do not take random drugs from random people ever. You can never trust anyone but yourself at the end of the day, so please take care of yourself. RIP Mac Miller.

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