Published: Thu, June 22, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

NY raises age of marriage from 14 to 17

NY raises age of marriage from 14 to 17

Today, we bring an end to forced child marriage in NY and set a precedent that the rest of the states should follow,"Assemblywoman Amy Paulin said".

NY governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill Tuesday that overturned a state law that allowed 14-year-old children to legally marry.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the measure Tuesday.

Previously children as young as 14 could get married with parental permission and consent of a judge in the state that stretches from New York City north to Canada and west to the Great Lakes. The organization noted that in New York State, 3,850 people under 18 between 2001 and 2010 were married, and said that "other states should follow New York's example by enacting laws to end this harmful practice".

West Virginia has the highest rate of child marriages: 7 in 1,000 17-year-olds were married in 2014, according to a Pew Research Center study. Specifically, a judge shall ensure that the individual is entering into the marriage of his or her own free will, that they are not being compelled by force, fraud or coercion, and that the marriage will not endanger the mental, emotional or physical safety of the applicant.

Heather Barr, senior researcher on women's rights at Human Rights Watch, called on dozens of other USA states to follow New York's example.

Over 9.4 million teens in the USA are married at age 16 or younger and have limited access to shelter or legal services, according to the Tahirih Justice Center, a nonprofit dedicated to helping women and girls fleeing violence. "It is a national shame that so many of these marriages are happening in the USA", she said.

He pointed to the example of the Port Authority of NY and New Jersey for which the state has taken a similar approach.

"NOW is tremendously grateful that our Governor has made it a top priority to end child marriage in our state, and working together with lawmakers, the advocates and the courageous survivors-we got it done".

Women who Wednesday before 18 are also at increased risk of developing mental and physical health disorders, including a 23 percent higher risk of heart attack, diabetes, cancer, and stroke.

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