The new laws, named “Romeo and Juliet laws” after Shakespeare’s tragic teenage lovers, attempt to correct overly harsh penalties and prison terms meted out over the years.
In 2007, these laws went into effect in Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, and Texas.
When Shakespeare brought Romeo and Juliet to life, he was intentional in choosing two young characters as his protagonists.
Then as now, two teens having consensual sex is understandable. The difference between the two situations would seem obvious. S., legally speaking, there’s little distinction between Romeo and Juliet's mutual decision and the abusive actions of a child molester.
We want you to be informed because being a “minor” affects your right to information and services. An Overview of Abortion Laws,” State Laws and Policies,” Guttmacher Institute, December 2017, https:// Accessed December 2017.
“An Overview of Minors’ Consent Laws,” State Laws and Policies, Guttmacher Institute, December 2017, https:// Accessed December 2017.
“Safe Schools Laws,” Movement Advancement Project, 2017, Accessed December 2017.“Mandatory Waiting Periods For Women Seeking Abortion,” Kaiser Family Foundation, April 2017, https://org/womens-health-policy/state-indicator/mandatory-waiting-periods/ Accessed December 2017.“Minors’ Access to Contraceptive Services,” State Laws and Policies, Guttmacher Institute, December 2017, https:// Accessed December 2017.The problem typically arises when the male is 18 or 19, the female is between 14 and 16, and the parent of the younger teen presses charges.(Even Romeo would be labeled a sex offender today, as he was believed to be 16 and Juliet 13 when their relationship began.)Though the age of consent (i.e.
Kaiser Family Foundation, June 2017, https://org/womens-health-policy/state-indicator/emergency-room-ec-requirements/ Accessed December 2017.