This chapter discusses decisional privacy rights—rights supporting our need to act autonomously and make life-defining choices. However flawed in other respects, some of the legal developments in this area actually reveal the most fidelity to constitutional principles in their approach to adolescents’ rights. But, rights claims in the context of the parent-controlled family reveal that the legal system fails to account for the parent–child relationship in a meaningful manner. The legal system increasingly defines decisional privacy rights as liberties, and adolescents’ liberties have a long tradition of being controlled by their parents. This development creates important obstacles to addressing adolescents’ needs for decisional privacy.
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