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American Child BrideA History of Minors and Marriage in the United States$
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Nicholas L. Syrett

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781469629537

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469629537.001.0001

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There Was No Stopping Her

There Was No Stopping Her

Teen Marriage Continues in Rural America

(p.252) Ten There Was No Stopping Her
American Child Bride

Nicholas L. Syrett

University of North Carolina Press

Rates of teenage marriage are at an all-time low at the turn of the twenty-first century, but teens are more likely to marry in rural areas and in the South than anywhere else in the United States. This chapter argues that this is because of religious conservatism, lack of access to contraception, opposition to and/or lack of access to abortion, and limited life choices for teenage girls as a result of poverty and poor education. Marrying as a minor carries increased health risks that are largely borne by poor and rural teenage girls.

Keywords:   Rural America, Abortion, Contraception, Education, Teen marriage, Health risks

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