Welcome to DU! The truly grassroots left-of-center political community where regular people, not algorithms, drive the discussions and set the standards. Join the community: Create a free account Support DU (and get rid of ads!): Become a Star Member Latest Breaking News Editorials & Other Articles General Discussion The DU Lounge All Forums Issue Forums Culture Forums Alliance Forums Region Forums Support Forums Help & Search

Latest Breaking News

Showing Original Post only (View all)


(133,421 posts)
Thu Jun 20, 2024, 11:50 AM Jun 20

Democrats target 150-year-old 'zombie law,' warning the GOP could use it to ban abortion [View all]

Source: NBC News

June 20, 2024, 11:32 AM EDT

WASHINGTON — A group of Senate Democrats is pushing to repeal a 150-year-old law that reproductive rights advocates fear could be used to further curb access to abortion, specifically abortion pills.

The Comstock Act of 1873 bans lewd, obscene or abortion-producing materials from being sent through the mail, although it has not been widely enforced for decades. As the abortion pill mifepristone faces legal challenges, its defenders fear that the Comstock Act could be used by a future president as a tool to curtail abortion access nationwide, including in states where it is legal.

“The Comstock Act is a 150-year-old zombie law banning abortion that’s long been relegated to the dustbin of history,” Sen. Tina Smith, D-Minn., a leader on the bill, said in a statement announcing the legislative push. “Now that Trump has overturned Roe, a future Republican administration could misapply this 150-year-old Comstock law to deny American women their rights, even in states where abortion rights are protected by state law.”

While Planned Parenthood has endorsed the new legislation, there has been reluctance from some parts of the reproductive rights movement and from other elected Democrats to dive too deeply into overturning the Comstock Act for fear of legitimizing it.

Read more: https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/democrats-target-150-year-old-zombie-law-warning-gop-use-ban-abortion-rcna158046

I saw the headline and didn't even have to "guess" what this was about. That "Comstock Act" shit HAS to go. Even if they can stick the repeal on some "must pass" appropriations bill. There are already OTHER laws that deal with things like child porn.
7 replies = new reply since forum marked as read
Highlight: NoneDon't highlight anything 5 newestHighlight 5 most recent replies
Latest Discussions»Latest Breaking News»Democrats target 150-year...