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Rep. Pitts Decries Supreme Court's Action on Child Online Protection Act

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Rep. Pitts Decries Supreme Court's Action on Child Online Protection Act

"While court hesitates, children hurt by smut online"

Washington-Congressman Joe Pitts (R, PA-16) today decried the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to block the Child Online Protection Act (COPA) from taking effect. Passed in 1998 to protect children from the harmful effects of obscene material on the Internet, court challenges from the American Civil Liberties Union have prevented the law from taking effect.

"While the court hesitates, our kids are hurt by smut online," said Congressman Pitts. "Hiding behind the ACLU's perverted interpretation of the First Amendment, child predators use obscene images, videos, and text to harm kids and lure them into dangerous situations.

"The Court today turned its back on those kids. Again. They put off a decision that should have been made years ago - that COPA is a constitutional and necessary protection for our kids in a rapidly changing information age," continued Congressman Pitts.

The Supreme Court ruled that COPA, signed into law in 1998 by then-President Clinton, was probably unconstitutional. However, the Court did not actually rule on the law, but ordered a lower court to take another look at how technology has changed since 1998.

"COPA is a good law. It does nothing more than put in place the protections our children need to stay safe when they're online," said Congressman Pitts.

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