View Full Version : 12-Year-Old Dies in Childbirth

09-14-2009, 09:15 PM
I was pretty shocked and disheartened to read this...

A 12-year-old Yemeni girl, who was forced into marriage, died during a painful childbirth that also killed her baby, a children's rights group said Monday.
Marriage means the girls are no longer a financial or moral burden to their parents. And often, parents will extract a promise from the husband to wait until the girl is older to consummate the marriage.
The Yemeni parliament tried in February to pass a law, setting the minimum marriage age at 17. But the measure has not reached the president because many parliamentarians argued it violates sharia, or Islamic law, which does not stipulate a minimum age.

09-14-2009, 10:38 PM
I don't mean to be disrepectful towards the Islamic community, but I feel that a person's well being should come before what Sharia law doesn't specifically address.