Let's get it on : the development of adolescent sexual autonomy, 1960-1979.
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This thesis examines the reproductive rights of adolescent girls in the Northeast between 1960-1979. Starting in the 1960s the Women’s Rights Movement and Sexual Revolution transformed the American landscaped regarding the social expectations and rights of women across the country. Additionally, the pill was approved by the FDA in 1960 and abortion was legalized in 1973 with the U.S. Supreme Court Case Roe v. Wade. Together these social and legal phenomena effected the sexual popular culture and sexual lives of teenagers, which led to their own fight for sexual autonomy separate from parental supervision. This was accomplished in 1979 with the U.S. Supreme Court Case Bellotti v. Baird. However, with the advancement of adolescents’ reproductive rights and rise in sexual activity there was also resistance from schools, parents, and the Catholic Church that manifested in the sexual education programs, parent-child relationships, and services offered to minors throughout the 1970s.
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