A Choice and a Chance: Child Marriage Prevention Act

In May, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Howard Berman (D-CA) and the House Foreign Affairs Committee incorporated provisions to confront child marriage in the State Department Reauthorization Bill.

Introduced in the House by Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D-MN) and in the Senate by Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME), the International Protecting Girls by Preventing Child Marriage Act authorizes U.S. foreign assistance programs to prevent child marriage and provide educational and economic opportunities for girls in the developing world. Chairman Berman’s inclusion of these measures into the State Department Reauthorization bill would provide funding for programs that protect the health and rights of girls worldwide for Fiscal Years 2010 and 2011.


To succeed in strengthening U.S. foreign policy, including reducing poverty and maximizing our development assistance, and upholding the human rights of girls and women around the world, ending child marriage must continue to be a policy priority for Congress and the Obama Administration. Read what our Vice President Beth Fredrick has to say on the significance of this bold legislation in a blog post on RH Reality Check.

And last but not least, check out the short video we made on the subject, featuring International Women’s Health Coalition Communications Assistant Lori Adelman.

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    When a man or a woman find a spouse, they may marry thinking that they will live ‘happily ever after’. They may think that nothing can disturb their happiness and that their life together will be like sunshine every day without any clouds. They may also doubt whether there will be any serious problems in their relationship because everything has gone so well so far.

    However, the fact is that we live in an imperfect and fallen world in which nothing is as it was when Adam and Eve lived together in Paradise. In practice, this imperfection means that when people get together, they also bring to the marriage their own difficult personalities and especially their selfishness, which is a result of the Fall of Man and certainly the biggest reason of homes breaking up these days. If we do not want to be freed from this selfishness, it can greatly harm the relationship.

    In any case, below we are going to deal with this area especially in the light of the Bible. We are going to concentrate on those common mistakes and ways of doing things of which we might be guilty because we have not seen them in ourselves, nobody has ever told us about them, or because we have not understood them in the light of the Bible. If you notice any of the issues we are going to bring up in your own life, you can be freed from them; especially if you ask for God’s help.