How a Bill Becomes a Law
How a Bill Becomes a Law
Jun 26, 2016 23:59:59 Max Points: 150
As you have discovered through this course, nurses are influential members of the community and the political system. Therefore, for the purposes of this assignment you will identify a problem or concern in your community, organization, etc. that has the capacity to be legislated. You will conduct research and state a proposal. Through the legislative process, your proposal for the problem or concern may influence an idea for change into a law.
First, refer to the “How a Bill Becomes a Law” media.
Then, view the “Bill to Law Process” to watch the scenario.
After viewing the scenario, refer to the “Legislative Assignment.” You will need to save the document first in order to use it.
Submit the assignment to the instructor. You also reserve the right to submit your completed proposal to the respective government official. However, this is optional. If you select to submit your proposal as a part of the legislative process, refer to “Find Your Representative” or research the contact information on your own.
APA format is not required, but solid academic writing is expected.
You are not required to submit this assignment to Turnitin.
How a Bill Becomes a Law
Unsafe abortion among teenagers is one of the major concerns within the health care sector that needs to be addressed. Several stakeholders have recently shared their findings revealing that induce abortion accounts for a high proportion of deaths with many teenagers reporting the largest proportion of admission related to abortion complications in the US according to (UNFPA, 2010).
Several research findings indicate that increased rates of death related to abortion complication are as a result of unintended pregnancy, especially among teenagers. According to the United Nations Population Fund annual reports, a total of 6.8 million teen pregnancies occur annually across the world. Among these pregnancies one in five is unplanned therefore half of the unplanned pregnancy end up as induced abortion .research further reveal that there are a lot of misconception among young people about contraceptive (UNFPA ,2010).
Several circumstances limit accessibility and use of contraceptives these includes economic status among other important factors. According to the recent research findings, urban teenagers are more likely to have good knowledge and use contraceptive compared to teenagers who live in the rural areas. Some of the barriers that hinder teenagers from accessing family planning services are misconceptions and also their attitudes. Teenagers believe that they are not at risk f getting pregnant. In one the research conducted within the local neighborhood teenagers stated that they fear the side effects of using contraceptives while other indicated that lack of accessibility to these services is the biggest barriers as indicated by the (UNFPA ,2010) annual report .
Assessment of the situation
The Sterilization and the Abortion Act of 1977 are some of the similar legislation introduced to permit young girls to access contraceptives and abortion services without parent consent. Ironically some section of this law makes it illegal to provide contraceptive advice especially for girls below 16 years. Such laws limit the efforts of educating girls on preventing unintended pregnancies. In an attempt to address this concern, under the public health service Act, the Title X family planning program was initiated, this is the only federal program initiated to provide family planning services to the general population (Napili, 2014).
Through the public health service Act under the Title X program, the government allocated $300 million in 2015 to prevent unintended teenage pregnancies. However, the program is not flexible to offer youth-friendly services. Even though medical experts support the expansion of the Title X program to reduce the rate of unintended pregnancy, lawmakers argue that this could be an attempt to legalize abortion which for them is an immoral act (Napili, 2014).
I propose that, to prevent abortion-related deaths; there is the need to improve the accessibility of contraceptive among young girls by providing important information to reduce the number of abortion in the country. For my proposal to become a bill, the first step is to make an appointment with my legislator writing a letter about my intentions. My letter will contain facts about unsafe abortion and how induced abortion accounts for a high proportion of deaths. After sending the letter, I will follow-up by calling the office to book an appointment. When given the chance to present my proposal, I would ask for her position on the proposal and also try to be tolerant of the differing views hoping that she will support the proposal.
Napili A (2014). Title X (Public Health Service Act) Family Planning Program. Washington
Retrieved from: http://www.unfpa.org/public/home/publications/pid/6526, 2010
UNFPA (2010). How universal is Access to reproductive health? A review of the literature. Congressional Research service.
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