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age of consent

(in medical jurisprudence) the age at which an individual is legally free to act as an adult, without parental permission for activities such as marrying, having sexual intercourse, or giving permission for medical treatment or surgery. The specific age of consent varies from 13 to 21, according to local laws.

Age of Consent

The age at which people can legally have sex (i.e., sexual activity is not prohibited by statute).

age of consent

The age at which a minor may legally engage in voluntary sexual intercourse or no longer requires parental consent for marriage. It varies among states but is usually between ages 13 and 18.
See also: age

age of consent

adults (i.e. 18 years of age in UK, 21 years in other countries, e.g. USA) can give informed consent to a procedure or intervention (see consent); patients aged 16-18 years are considered able to give consent even though they have not reached their age of majority; consent in patients of <16 years of age is normally given by the parent or carer, in consultation with the patient
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There have been reports that the Government will drop the age of consent measure from the Bill rather than see its fast-track plans to combat crime delayed.
Any attempt to lower the age of consent runs the risk of encouraging early sexual intercourse.
Opening the debate, Home Secretary Jack Straw said lowering the age of consent for male homosexuals was about creating a society "free from prejudice".
I BELIEVE that the age of consent should have been lowered for homosexual people.
To contemplate lowering the age of consent with so little done or said to address their vulnerability would be to compound this neglect.
The Cabinet cleared the bill, which proposes to lower the age of consent from 18 years to 16 years, on Thursday.
It recommended tougher measures against child pornography and raising the legal age of consent to at least 16.
The document, Age of Consent - The case against change, published by The Christian Institute, says it is supported by public opinion, common sense, the Christian faith and medical and sociological evidence.
According to the author, women, like politicians, business elites and physicians, joined campaigns around prostitution, white slavery, and the age of consent in an effort to preserve the Victorian code of "civilized morality.
THE age of consent is currently 16 and it should stay there.
The Samajwadi Party, which extends outside support to the Congress-led UPA, has raised objections against the provisions relating to stalking and lowering age of consent.