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Response to Orrex (Reply #98)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 09:24 PM

100. I don't think it's simple, but I do think there is a clear difference...

...between not forcing a fourteen-year-old to carry a child to term if she is not ready, and not allowing her the ability to consent to sex even if she thinks she is ready. Every woman or girl should have the right to an abortion if she wants one; it is a materially and morally different thing than consenting to sexual intercourse. That's my only real dog in this fight.

In terms of establishing an age of consent, I am tenuously comfortable with the age of eighteen, as that is the legally recognized age of true adulthood; old enough to vote and serve in the military is old enough to have sex. I also don't think that it should be considered statutory rape if both sex partners are within three or four years of age difference.

Beyond that, I would need to know much more about cognitive development than I do to assert a certain age or age-range for consent. I know that the brain does not fully develop until around age twenty-five, and it is apparent to me that even an eighteen-year-old is still childlike in many respects.

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