But, there were some silver linings to remember as we look at what is to come. Voters approved extensive background checks for gun purchases in Washington, an equal rights amendment in Oregon, the reduction of some criminal penalties in California, paid sick leave mandates in Massachusetts and several New Jersey towns, marijuana decriminalization in Oregon, Alaska, Guam, and DC, and minimum wage raises in South Dakota, Alaska, Arkansas, Nebraska, Illinois, San Francisco and Oakland, and they soundly rejected personhood amendments in North Dakota and Colorado. Senator Jeanne Shaheen — a champion on sexual health issues who has sponsored key legislation on abortion access and birth control — ran a successful campaign with a reproductive rights platform, making Scott Brown the first man to be defeated in a Senate race by two women in two different states. Many of our progressive champions in the House were re-elected. At the state level, Tom Wolf defeated Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett, who had an abysmal record on reproductive health issues.
Late puberty As children approach their early teens, puberty begins. These are the changes that will lead to adulthood, and the ability to have children. The developments affect the body in terms of size, shape, and composition, as well as internal body systems and structure. Psychological and social changes also take place. Boys and girls grow rapidly in the first half of puberty, and they stop growing when puberty is completed.
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Girls and boys experience different changes in their bodies during puberty. Why does puberty start? The changes in your body during puberty are caused by hormones which are chemicals produced in your body. These hormones are like chemical messages that cause the testicles or the ovaries to release other hormones. All these hormones work together to start the changes in puberty.