In order to get married in New York State, back in 1971, my fiancée and I had to prove that we were at least 18 years old and did not have syphilis or gonorrhea.
- In 2012, 14-year-olds can get married in New York -- even with venereal diseases -- if parents and a judge approve.
- Now, with common "no-fault divorce," spouses can split up simply if they feel like splitting up.
There is no need to prove mental or physical health, no need for the approval of a parent or judge, no need to demonstrate the knowledge and ability to care for the child until adulthood.
Because it is so easy to get pregnant, many children are neglected, abused or even murdered.
It's difficult to get permission to adopt a human child -- or even a Chihuahua.
No permission is needed to get pregnant.
Unlike when voting or buying liquor or tobacco, there is no need to reach a minimum age to become pregnant.
If human beings thought more about becoming parents than dogs and fish do, maybe there would be fewer abused and dead children.
Yes, I know that some potentially wonderful mothers have difficulty getting pregnant. I am sorry.