How A Supreme Court Vacancy Could Spell The End Of Legal Abortion


From the late 18th century, and particularly in the nineteenth century, attitudes started to change. By the mid-19th century there was increased concern over child sexual abuse. The first recorded age-of-consent law dates from 1275 in England; as part of its provisions on rape, the Statute of Westminster 1275 made it a misdemeanor to “ravish” a “maiden inside age,” whether or not with or with out her consent. The phrase “within age” was later interpreted by jurist Sir Edward Coke (England, seventeenth century) as that means the age of marriage, which on the time was twelve years of age. The Age of Consent ranges from as low as eleven to as high as 20 years old the world over.

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