Children of the Bride: Closer Than You Think

Headlines are growing everywhere about new court cases that could damage Roe v Wade. But abortion is not the only issue that is crucial for women to control their bodies. We tend to think of child marriage as something that happens in remote countries of the third world, but not in the US Unfortunately, it is not true.

In this country, there are no state laws regarding the age of marriage, and states have the right to establish their own rules, which results in significant differences between countries. Forty-five countries in the United States continue to allow girls and boys under the age of 18 to marry. Nine countries have not set a minimum age for marriage. 10-year-old girls are sometimes legally married in the United States. Nine countries have not set a minimum age for marriage.

2021 Study found that about 300,000 children — 17 years of age and younger — were married in the United States from 2000 to 2018. Most were girls of 16 or 17 years, and almost all of them were married to a four-year-old man. But more than 1,000 were 14 years of age or younger, and five were only 10 years old.

According to Global Population Review, “In most states in the United States, the minimum age for marrying children with a parental consent is between the ages of 12 and 17. California and Mississippi does not set a minimum age for children to marry with parental consent. Massachusetts has the lowest age of marriage with 12 parental consent for girls and 14 for boys. ”

Consider the case of Patricia Abatemarco, a 55-year-old man who married 14 and a 27-year-old man. I was not in love with him. I was not interested in him. I was scared of him, “he said New York Times. A judge in Florence, Ala., Married the couple in court, and the two went to a park outside – where the new bride saw the playground and left the groom to play in the jungle gym. According to him, the journey to marriage started at the age of 12 and he lived in a middle house. His parents were not selfish, but he was very religious and in times of trouble asked for help from telephone Christian Christians. The counselor, Mark, appeared and offered free advice; This grew worse, he said, and he began to rape her more and more. At the age of 13, she became pregnant, and Mark and his mother favored marriage to solve the problem. To his mother, Abatemarco, this prevented the shameful conduct of the child in the home, and for Mark it allowed him to avoid the crime of rape. The Democrats were desperate to keep the baby, hoping they would find someone to love and comfort, and her mother told her that this was the only way she could do it. Soon Mark began to beat her repeatedly, and eventually, with the help of her angry parents, he was able to get a divorce, “on a school day, with enough time to hold her 11th grade English class.”

As recently as 2017, Ana’s marriage was legalized in all 50 states. Five countries have banned marriages under the age of 18: Delaware, Minnesota, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and (this month) Rhode Island. New York issued a similar law in August. “Child marriage is currently legal in 44 states (Delaware, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island alone) at least 18 years of age) and 20 United States require no minimum age get married. marriage, with parental consent or decision, he says Time.

Child marriage has been viewed as a “violation of human rights” by a US government department. Studies show that “it may contribute to long-term harm to girls which may have a negative effect on their childhood, including: Failure to complete their education; Economic pressures; Increased risk of domestic violence; Early pregnancy; Damage to physical and mental health.

However, there is a legitimate, but dubious way. Advocacy group Equality Now Reports, Acceptable rape is when one of the sex offenders is below the legal age. It should not be forced, because a young child is not legally allowed. State law considers it a crime to ‘have sex with another person knowingly’ between the ages of 12 and 16 and less than four years younger than the offender. However, there is a catch. Laws “provide protection in this case when a sexual partner of the couple was married. This “prison release” means that, in government, child marriage is viewed as a means to an end.

But in the end, change is in the air. In New York, he says Hill, a bill that the former governor Andrew Cuomo recently signed into law “abolished the earlier prohibition for allowing 17-year-olds to marry with the consent of the parents and the courts.” The law came into effect on August 21.

North Carolina is changing again. The Associated Press said the government, “known for its coastal and mountainous terrain, has recently revived a highly skeptical record: as a destination for adults who want to marry children.”

The government has recently taken action. In August, Gov. Roy Cooper signed a decree forbidding marriage between the ages of 14 and 15 and prohibited 16- and 17-year-olds from marrying a man four years older than them. He told a Raleigh News and Viewsr, “This law is an important component of ending child marriages in North Carolina and establishing additional child protection. Although it fails to raise the age of 18 to marriage, it will make our country a safer place for children. “

But if AP showed, “North Carolina still allows 14-year-old pregnant women and children to marry under a court order, sometimes in violation of state rape law, which prohibits sexual intercourse with a person 15 years of age or younger, with minimal exceptions.”

In the United States, about 200,000 children married between 2000 and 2015. Of the 200,000 child marriages:

  • 67% of the children were 17
  • 29% of children were 16
  • 4% of children were 15
  • Less than 1% of children were 14 or younger
  • There were 51 cases of 13-year-old children and 6 cases of 12-year-olds.

According to the Pew Research Center, child marriages are very common in the southern United States, including countries West Virginia, Florida, Texas, Tennessee, Arkansas, and North Carolina. California is Nevada has many child marriage events.

Only five countries have outlawed minor marriages without exception:

This, however, is still little known about the media coverage that focuses more on the controversy over Roe.

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