Bill to end child marriage in Pa. sent to governor – ABC 27

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Legislation to prohibit marriage before the age of 18, unanimously passed the House and is now on its way to the governor’s desk.

“Simply put, House Bill 360 is a child protection measure. Child marriage typically involves a teenage girl, whose life hasn’t even begun, being forced or coerced into marrying an older man,” State Rep. Jesse Topper said. “Some of the many stories I’ve heard from survivors of child marriage involve these girls becoming victims a second time. In these instances, they are modern-day slaves in the human trafficking trade.”

“With the abolition of child marriage, Pennsylvania is safeguarding its children,” State Rep. Perry Warren said. “This bill will help ensure the long-term health of children and improve their health and educational and job opportunities.”

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