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Congressman Broun Applauds United States Supreme Court Decision Upholding Tough Anti-Child-Porn Law

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Congressman Paul Broun, M.D., today issued a statement applauding the decision reached by the United States Supreme Court in the United States v. Williams case. In their decision, the Justices upheld a Congressional statute that was designed to criminalize the "possession and distribution of material pandered as child pornography." The court, in a 7-2 decision authored by Justice Antonin Scalia, held that the conviction of a child-pornographer under the terms of the "Prosecutorial Remedies and Other Tools to end the Exploitation of Children Today Act of 2003" (PROTECT Act) was constitutional.

"In making this decision, the Supreme Court wisely realized that ‘child pornography harms and debases the most defenseless of our citizens'," said Broun. "The framers of the United States Constitution never intended the 1st Amendment to protect the monsters that produce or consume child pornography. This decision makes it perfectly clear that Congress has the authority to protect children from sexual exploitation and to punish those who would victimize kids for their own twisted reasons."

Broun continued, "Make no mistake: child pornography is a horrible crime. In my opinion, the Williams ruling strengthens the arguments in favor of two pieces of legislation I have already introduced to deal with child predators. The first of these, H.J. Res. 82, would allow States to chemically castrate a child rapist. The second bill, H.J. Res. 83, would ensure that child rapists could also be sentenced by States to receive the death penalty without falling afoul of the United States Constitution's protections against cruel and unusual punishment. Children are among the ‘most defenseless of our citizens' and we should take the necessary steps to ensure their safety from predators."


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