“California Lawmakers Vote To Require Condom Use In Porn Films” by Alan Greenblatt

California is making headway in the fight to ensure condoms are used in the production of all pornographic films. This is an excerpt from a recent article published by NPR. The source of this excerpt is http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/05/27/316471404/california-lawmakers-vote-to-require-condom-use-in-porn-films

The California Assembly passed a bill on Tuesday that would require condom use in pornographic films shot in the state.

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“We need to begin to treat the adult film industry just like any other legitimate, legal business in California,” Hall said during floor debate on his bill. “Legitimate businesses are required to protect employees from injury in the workplace.”

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation displayed condoms during a 2013 news conference promoting a California bill to require condom use by adult film performers. Photo courtesy of NPR.

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation displayed condoms during a 2013 news conference promoting a California bill to require condom use by adult film performers. Photo courtesy of NPR.

The bill received 41 votes in favor, the minimum needed. “Abstaining from voting were several Assembly members from the Los Angeles area, where the porn industry is a significant force,” The Sacramento Bee reports.

AIDS activists and health professionals supported the legislation.

“It’s not private activity; it’s commercial activity,” Michael Weinstein, president of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, told the Los Angeles Times. “I don’t know why people who work in that industry shouldn’t be afforded the same protections as people who work on a construction site, or on a regular movie set.”

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A year after the Los Angeles County requirement was approved, local porn permit applications had plummeted 95 percent.

This is a significantly shortened excerpt. To read the full article, please visit the NPR website http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/05/27/316471404/california-lawmakers-vote-to-require-condom-use-in-porn-films

Alan Greenblatt is a reporter for NPR.