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Unwed Pregnant Student Policy & The Sex Scene

UNC-Chapel Hill’s unwed student policy, 1967

UNC-Chapel Hill’s 1967 unwed pregnant student policy included the stipulations that unwed pregnant students would not be admitted, and that the University would take disciplinary action against any student who was known to have had an abortion. The rights of unwed pregnant students were not recognized until 1972 with the passing of Title IX, a federal civil rights law that protects people from discrimination in education due to their sex. Takey Crist, a lifelong medical doctor and OB-GYN who tirelessly advocated for women’s health and a woman’s right to choose, and his co-authors addressed the difficult choices that students had to make in The Sex Scene: Understanding Sexuality, also shown here.

Unwanted pregnancy illustration in the Sex Scene, 1975

North Carolina Collection

Anne Rinker Race, Jo Frances Leecraft, Takey Crist: illustrated by Judy Newberry
The Sex Scene: Understanding Sexuality
Hagerstown, MD: Harper & Row, 1975