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This article was originally published in NBC News on April 01, 2019. You can access the original article here: www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/wide-open-potential-abuse-states-are-ground-zero-fight-against-n988496#anchor-Wehavetopouronallthegas.

NBC News reported on opposition to bills seeking to outlaw child marriage in states across the country, quoting Tahirih Senior Counsel for Policy and Strategy Jeanne Smoot.

“States where they have an age floor, maybe it’s 16, or 16 to 17 years old, they have this wide-open potential for abuse for parents to pawn their daughters off to whoever will take them.”