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The “public health crisis” strategy may seem ludicrous: a religious ideologue dressed in a lab coat … and in some ways, it is. No reputable scientific organization has endorsed the supposed epidemic and the supposed effects of the “crisis” — sex crimes, teenage pregnancy, divorce — have all declined dramatically over a period in which porn became more accessible than ever.

But moral crusades are fact-free endeavors, and the language of “public health crisis” is part of a larger strategy to get around the traditional limitations of “obscenity” law.

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