The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a ban on the Child Online Protection Act (COPA), which threatened to criminalize not only pornographic but also sex education and advice websites. This ruling is the second time the Court has blocked COPA for its undue restrictions on freedom of speech, according to the ACLU. Opponents of COPA argue that there are other methods of protecting children online that do not criminalize protected speech.
Though the stated intent of COPA is to protect children from online pornography, the ACLU reports that sites containing explicit sex education information, sexual advice, STI prevention information, and gynecological information could also face criminal penalties were the law to take effect. These penalties include fines of up to $50,000 per day and up to six months imprisonment for violators. By again blocking COPA, “[t]he Court has made it safe for artists, sex educators, and web publishers to communicate with adults about sexuality without risking jail time,” said ACLU Associate Legal Director Ann Beeson.
5/27/2015 California Passes Reproductive FACT Act - The California State Assembly passed the Reproductive Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care and Transparency (FACT) Act yesterday.
AB 775, or the FACT Act, passed 48-25 in a vote, and requires that unlicensed facilities in California that provide pregnancy-related services disclose that they are not licensed medical providers. . . .
5/26/2015 Ireland Votes Overwhelmingly to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage - Over the weekend, the people of Ireland voted overwhelmingly to pass a national referendum legalizing same-sex marriage.
Ireland became the first country in the world to pass marriage equality through popular vote on Friday. . . .