Thank you Rep Ann Wagner (Republican, Mo). I support this bill. From International Women's Health Coalition-Consequences of Child Marriage:
Child marriage effectively ends a girl’s childhood, curtails her education, minimizes her economic opportunities, increases her risk of domestic violence, and puts her at risk for early, frequent, and very high-risk pregnancies
Girls under 15 are five times more likely to die in childbirth than women in their 20s and face higher risk of pregnancy-related injuries, such as obstetric fistula
Child brides are often unable to negotiate safer sexual practices and are therefore at a higher risk of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections
The negative consequences of child marriage reach beyond the girls themselves: children of child brides are 60 percent more likely to die in the first year of life than those born to mothers older than 19, and families of child brides are more likely to be poor and unhealthy. Besides all this: no one is disgusted that this is nothing more than legalized CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE? I'm appalled by some of the opinions. There are documented cases of child brides as young as 5. Shame on you.