Report: 700,000 Child Brides Die Giving Birth Annually

Holy Hormone Journal: What could come of a child marriage – but rape and control. Look at the suppressed anger and and extreme sadness in this young girl’s face.  And then look at the unabashed lust, anger and control in the boy’s eyes.  It is very sad to read that there is an increase in this child marriages in certain parts of the world.

The pain, and agony that these girl children endure giving birth is horrific. Inconvenient women. Babies dying have babies.  Tell me – what other species does that to females? And all in the name of religion.

 

U.N. report: Too many girls too young to give birth

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Every year, 70,000 girls die from causes related to pregnancy and childbirth, according to UNICEF.

They may lack proper nutrition or health care. And girls who are pregnant at age 15 or younger are also at higher risk for eclampsia (seizures), anemia, postpartum hemorrhage and puerperal endometritis (uterine infection).

CNN
Madison Park, CNN
October 30, 2013 —

A 16-year-old girl pleads with her parents not to barter her into a marriage.

Komol, from India, dreamed of continuing her education, going to college and providing a better life for her parents. But what she wanted counted little.

She became pregnant with her first child at age 16, in a marriage she did not want.

“Since then, I have hardly ever been allowed to step out of the house,” Komol was reported as saying, in a United Nations Population Fund report released Wednesday. “Sometimes, when the others are not at home, I read my old school books, and hold my baby and cry.”

“She is such an adorable little girl, but I am blamed for not having a son.”

One in every five girls (about 19%) gives birth before she turns 18 in developing countries, according to the report. Of the 7.3 million girls who give birth every year, 2 million of them are under the age of 14.

The report states that pregnancies — especially for these girls — “are not the result of a deliberate choice” but rather “the result of an absence of choices and of circumstances beyond a girl’s control,” affecting their health, education and future job opportunities.

“For these very young adolescents who do not have a say in whether or when they will become pregnant, their futures are destroyed, and their basic human rights are violated,” said Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, the executive director of the United Nations Population Fund in an e-mail.

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

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