Teenage motherhood, especially for girls under 15 years old, has negative health and economic impacts for both the young girls and their communities.
A new website purporting to “expose” the Girl Scouts’ supposedly secret abortion agenda accidentally exposes something else: The way the anti-choice movement uses abortion as a cover story to oppose women’s rights and even girls’ education.
The high opportunity costs of child marriage undermine social and economic development and the health and well-being of families.
While sex selective abortion allows women to make what is, in a sense, the ultimate in supposedly informed consumerism, it also can work to create a world where being female is viewed as the primary and most terminal of birth defects.
Legislation to prevent child marriage around the globe was just introduced in both the House and Senate that will give girls who are married too young a choice and a chance.
Until 2007, Colombians believed that female genital mutilation was a practice unique to some African countries. But last year we learned that it has long been practiced by one of Colombia’s aboriginal groups.
We know what works to increase age of marriage in communities where child marriage is common. So why are so few Republicans backing legislation to support those development programs?
In India, there are laws to prevent dowry, domestic violence, sexual harassment and child marriage. But in the country’s social context, these laws aren’t very effective.