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Bill Bans Child Marriages In PA

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HARRISBURG – Legislation ending exemptions that allow for child marriages in Pennsylvania has been introduced. Pennsylvania is one of 18 states that does not specify a minimum age at which a person can be married. Senate Bill 1219 would close loopholes in state law that allow individuals under the age of 18 to be married if there is parental or guardian consent. In 2014, it was estimated that over 2,300 children aged 15 to 17 were married and living in Pennsylvania, a number surprising to Berks County Sen. Judy Schwank. She said that children who are forced into marriage before the age of 18 face lifelong, devastating consequences in terms of health, education, economic opportunities, and quality of life. She added we should not allow teens to marry if they’re not allowed to enter into other types of contracts. Senate Bill 1219 is slated for vote in the PA Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, October 5.

SEN. JUDY SCHWANK

 

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