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For example, in Indiana the age of consent for sex is 16, but there is a close in age exception that makes it legal for a person younger than 18 but above 16 to still be able to have sex with a 14 year old without being guilty of a crime.

Indiana also allows a defense against the law in court if the victim is married or was married in the past, and allows pregnant females who are 15 or older to marry the man who impregnated.

"Some" applies to specified categories of minors (those who have a health issue, or are married, pregnant, mature, etc.) The totals include only those states that allow all minors to consent.

Delaware's abortion law applies to women younger than 16.

Having sex with a person who is younger than the age of consent (but who agrees to have sex) is called statutory rape.

The person below the minimum age is regarded as a victim, and their sex partner as the offender.This trend reflects the recognition that, while parental involvement in minors’ health care decisions is desirable, many minors will not avail themselves of important services if they are forced to involve their parents.With regard to sexual and reproductive health care, many states explicitly permit all or some minors to obtain contraceptive, prenatal and STI services without parental involvement.Oregon's prenatal care law applies to women at least 15 years old.South Carolina's abortion law applies to those younger than 17.The laws in different areas range as low as 13 yrs old to 20 yrs.