New law requires age verification to view online porn

A new law went into effect on New Year’s day for Louisiana citizens that cracks down on protecting children from being able to access porn websites.

Act 440 is a bill that forces porn websites to require an age verification because of how easily children have had access to porn in the past.

The bill says “Pornography contributes to the hypersexualization of teens and prepubescent children and may lead to low self-esteem, body image disorders, an increase in problematic sexual activity at younger ages, and increased desire among adolescents to engage in risky sexual behavior.”

The bill states porn can affect a wide range of things for young people.

“Pornography may also impact brain development and functioning, contribute to emotional and medical illnesses, shape deviant sexual arousal, and lead to difficulty in forming or maintaining positive, intimate relationships, as well as promoting problematic or harmful sexual behaviors and addiction.”

Websites without age verification put corporations at risk of a lawsuit. According to the law, people in Louisiana can sue websites with over a third of porn content for not having age verification.

Rep. Laurie Schlegel was one of the authors of the bill. It had close to 50 co-authors.

“This law had bipartisan support and passed almost unanimously in both the House & Senate with close to 50 co-authors, including Democrats and Republicans,” Schlegel tweeted on Jan. 3. It was not a Republican win but a win for children in Louisiana. This bill is about protecting children not limiting adults.”

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