March 20, 2012

Mitt Romney Asked To Enforce Federal Pornography Laws

Pornography Issue Now Part of Presidential Campaign

Lesley Bateman

WASHINGTON, DC (March 20, 2012)
– On the heels of former Senator Rick Santorum publicly pledging to ‘vigorously enforce the nation’s adult obscenity laws,’ and with last year’s Congressional bipartisan support to do the same, Governor Romney is being asked to outline his plan to enforce federal laws.

Thirteen national leaders from the War on Illegal Pornography Coalition sent a letter to Gov. Mitt Romney today seeking a meeting to discuss his position on enforcement of federal laws prohibiting distribution of obscene adult pornography.

Patrick Trueman, President of Morality In Media and spokesman for the group, said that 42 United States Senators and 75 Members of the U. S. House last year signed letters to U. S. Attorney General Holder urging him to “vigorously enforce federal obscenity laws” noting that, “illegal adult obscenity contributes to violence against women, addiction, harm to children, and sex trafficking.”

“This is not a partisan issue,” Trueman said. “Signing the letters to Attorney General Holder were many conservatives and liberals, including Senators, Diane Feinstein (D-CA), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Bill Nelson (D-FL), and Orin Hatch (R-UT). The letters may be found at:

Governor Romney previously indicated in a statement that he supports “strict enforcement of our nation’s obscenity laws.”

“Our group believes a meeting with Gov. Romney is wise at this point in the campaign to nail down this commitment,” Trueman said.

“Both former Senator Rick Santorum and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich have explicitly promised to vigorously enforce the nation’s adult obscenity laws and to appoint an attorney general who will do so.”

The letter to Romney, which may be found at, notes that, “The U.S. Department of Justice has stopped all enforcement of obscenity laws at a time when our nation is suffering an untreated pandemic of harm from pornography.”

Trueman noted that current federal laws prohibit distribution of obscene (hardcore) pornography on the Internet, on cable/satellite TV, in hotels/motels, in retail shops, by mail and by common carrier.

About Morality in Media
Founded in 1962, Morality in Media, Inc. is the leading organization focused on opposing pornography and indecency through public education and the application of the law. MIM is leading The War on Illegal Pornography, a coalition of more than 100 groups whose goal is to stop the distribution of illegal pornography. For more information visit

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