FRIDAY
March 30, 2001
volume 12, no. 89

Planned 'Porn-hood' sues to stop Children's Internet Protection Act



    WASHINGTON D.C. (ALL) March 29, 2001 - Planned Parenthood Federation of America and its research arm, the Alan Guttmacher Institute, are among the plaintiffs in an ACLU lawsuit filed in federal court against the recently enacted Children's Internet Protection Act, which is slated to go into effect on April 20. This nationwide law requires schools and libraries that receive federal aid for Web access (called E-rate) to certify that filtering or blocking technology is in place to protect children from harmful, obscene, and pornographic material.

    "It doesn't surprise me one bit that Planned Parenthood has filed this lawsuit," said Ed Szymkowiak, national director of STOPP International, "In the 1920s and 1930s, Planned Parenthood fought successfully to eliminate laws that prohibited the sending of sex information in the U.S. mail, thereby opening the mail to the pornography industry. In 1996, Planned Parenthood launched a successful legal challenge to the Communications Decency Act, which would have kept pornography off the Internet."

    Szymkowiak believes the new law will affect Planned Parenthood's own youth-oriented web site, teenwire.com. "This site contains some very disgusting and graphic descriptions of deviant behavior. Any reliable filtering software would block this site. Once again, Planned Parenthood is defending pornography against the will of the American people," he said.

    Julie Posey, the director of the watchdog group Pedowatch, says there is a real problem in our nation's libraries regarding on-line chat between children and pedophiles. "I have seen cases where pedophiles on the Internet use the library to talk with children, and eventually lure them to have a face-to-face-meeting," she said. "These children are then molested, their photos taken and [the children] further exploited when he sends the child's pictures to masses on the Internet" (Washington Times National Weekly Edition, Feb. 12-18, 2001).

    "By joining in this lawsuit against the Children's Internet Protection Act, Planned Parenthood has shown, once again, that it does not care about children," said Szymkowiak.


March 30, 2001
volume 12, no. 89
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