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House Protects Child by Passing Ban
on Child Pornography Images

For Immediate Release. June 25, 2002On 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.

The 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.

Compared 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.

Outside 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.

“There 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 or virtual.”

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Joel P. Rutkowski, P.h.D.
President, The American Voice Institute Of Public Policy
757-436-5927
jrutkowski@americanvoiceinstitute.org

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