Porn stars claim mandatory condom law violates freedom of speech…

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sasha-grey-sexy-pic-pxl2On Tuesday, a delegation of porn stars known as The Free Speech Coalition traveled to Sacramento to protest purported first amendment violations inherent in a newly proposed California bill.

According to the LA Weekly, AB 1576 could prescribe criminal penalties for not using condoms by actors on sets and force producers to keep logs of all performers’ sexual activities.

The Weekly reports that the measure would also deny the performers the right to federally mandated medical privacy. The coalition argues that AB 1576 violates the filmmakers’ right to free speech by demanding that they produce films, videos, and magazines to look a certain way (male actors with condoms). The Weekly contends that specific argument has already been tested in court unsuccessfully.

Porn actress Lorelei Lee claims that the bill is “insulting” and “paternalistic.” Moreover, she asserts that it “shows a total disregard for performers’ autonomy and threatens a vital safety infrastructure that we have spent ten years building. AB1576 squanders resources addressing a problem that doesn’t exist. If the bill becomes law, it will, in fact, harm the people it claims it will protect.”

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