When the American Health Care Act passed the House Of Representatives in April, the controversial bill generated a lot of discussion about how women continue to be threatened by legislation created by and for predominantly white men. While the United States awaits the final version of the bill to be presented to the Senate, who will ultimately determine its fate, it's important to take a moment to remember that there are currently many American laws that already put women's lives at risk.
For example, laws that restrict women's access to safe and affordable abortions disproportionately affect low-income women, sometimes driving them to seek dangerous methods to terminate their own pregnancies. Girls as young as 12 are legally allowed to get married in some states, often to older men, though their age makes it nearly impossible for them to fully consent. And a horrendous Oklahoma law still states that if a woman is unconscious and subjected to forced oral sex, it is not considered rape.
Unfortunately, these are only a handful of some of the current American laws that threaten the lives of millions of women across the country. Below is a list of some of the worst U.S. laws for women.