Recently, advocates mounted a campaign to get California to enact a ban on child marriage. Unfortunately, if not surprisingly, their efforts are being strongly opposed by progressive groups like Planned Parenthood.
Dozens of survivors of forced and/or child marriages traveled to the California State Capitol in Sacramento in July to protest the state's existing laws, some clad in wedding dresses-- with their wrists tied and mouths taped shut.
The erstwhile Golden State was actually potentially on track to be the first state to pass an absolute ban on marriages for children under 18. Until the legislative proposal was met with stiff opposition from the likes of the “Children's Law Center” and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), that is. And Planned Parenthood.
Why the opposition to child marriage?
Because these groups fear that imposing a legal age requirement on marriage could lead to—gasp!-- an age requirement for abortion. And this they cannot countenance, as killing unborn babies is their religion and their raison d’ệtre.
Ah, I see. If more 15 and 16-year-olds get knocked up, there will likely be more abortions. And even if the young mothers should decide to keep the rug rats, they’ll be more likely to need government (Democrats’) assistance. To progressives, that’s a “twofer!” And young parents will probably be more willing to encourage their kids to undergo hormone treatments and “sex change” surgeries too, in order to be inclusive and foster transgenderism. OMG, it might be a threefer!