Protects Child by Passing Ban
on Child Pornography Images
For Immediate Release.
June 25, 2002 On April
16, 2002, the Supreme Court, on a 6-3 ruling, said that a 1996 law to
ban virtual child pornography violated the First Amendment guarantee
of freedom of speech and press. To circumvent the Supreme Court’s ruling
that allows computer simulations of children having sex, the House of
Representatives on June 25, 2002, passed the Child Obscenity and Pornography Prevention Act of 2002 (H.R. 4623) with
a vote of 413-8.
House’s efforts should be praised since pornography has a negative effect
upon the well-being of others in society.
The government does have a right to regulate such material. There are numerous examples of how pornography
apparently influences violent crimes.
to other forms of censorship, government regulation of pornography is
different. In this case, suppression
of ideas and their expression are not in jeopardy. Pornography is in a separate class and the infringement of an individuals
First Amendment rights is not applicable.
the protection of the First Amendment is material that is truly obscene. Obscenity is not protected by the First Amendment,
and what is at issue is what is obscene.
is no doubt that the most disgusting form of pornography is child pornography.
Lifelong emotional scars are caused by such material that exploits
children,” said Dr. Joel P. Rutkowski, president of the American Voice
Institute of Public Policy. “For example, violent sexual attacks on
children could be triggered by such material that appeals only to perverts.
Child pornography should be treated as a felony and strictly
enforced. All efforts should be made to stop the production,
promotion, distribution and display of child pornography whether real
Joel P. Rutkowski, P.h.D.
President, The American Voice Institute Of Public Policy
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