June Carbone

Robina Chair in Law, Science and Technology

Prof. June Carbone Quoted in the Minnesota Daily About How the Comstock Act Could Affect Abortion Availability

Professor June Carbone was quoted in the Minnesota Daily about how the Comstock Act could be used to restrict availability to abortion in all states. Democratic senators are pushing for a repeal of the law. The Comstock Act is an anti-obscenity law created in 1872 which bans the mailing of obscenity, including pornographic material and contraceptives. Prof. Carbone said the act was created in response to growing moral outrage during the Victorian era. “When you have urbanization, part of what creates the moral panic, the time of the Comstock Act and the Victorian era, this anti-sex movement that characterizes the Victorian era is in response to urbanization,” Carbone said.