Dear Friends,

A few weeks ago, we sent you an exciting update on FPA’s major policy focus this year: protecting children from pornography. Pornography is as harmful to children as a hard drug, and most children stumble upon it on the internet accidentally, without their parents ever knowing about it. FPA set out to change that in 2024—and we’re succeeding.

We are so excited to give you another positive update on that success: with Kentucky and Georgia passing FPA-endorsed bills through their legislatures last week, a total of seven states have passed bipartisan legislation protecting children from pornography in 2024! That’s in addition to the seven states that passed such bills last year.

There are many people and organizations to recognize for this success, but first and foremost is YOU: because of your support, FPA was able to organize a Coalition of allied organizations, legislators, and expert witnesses all committed to working together to get these bills passed. This Coalition is part of our Let Parents Parent campaign, because parents are the primary guardians of their children’s innocence. Your support has made this incredibly fruitful effort by FPA possible!

We also want to publicly thank our primary national allies on this issue: Institute for Family Studies (IFS), Ethics and Public Policy Center (EPPC), and Center for Renewing America (CRA). Their partnership has helped empower our state Family Policy Councils (FPCs) to get these bills passed and protect children from the harms of pornography.

One last bit of great news: we’re not done–13 more states could still pass these bills in 2024! If you’re like us and you want to see that happen, please consider continuing or beginning to partner with us.

Your support directly results in children being protected and parents being empowered to guard their children’s innocence. We thank you for your support and look forward to continued success protecting children!

For our kids,Joseph Kohm
Joseph Kohm
Joseph Kohm
Director, Public Policy

Dear Friend,

Along with our allies at Family Voice, we have an urgent request for your help.

House Bill (H.B.) 1257 would protect children from exposure to pornography by requiring any website publishing pornography to conduct industry standard age verification of its users, while maintaining user privacy.

Studies show that by the age of 17, 75% of children have been exposed to pornography. They also show that the average age children first view pornography is between 7 and 13 years old, and most of those exposures happen accidentally. Even more concerning, research proves that pornography is as harmful to your brain as a hard drug. Our children are being exposed to material that is harming them the way a hard drug would, and they’re stumbling upon it by accident. H.B. 1257 would put a stop to it while ensuring all user data remains protected.

Parents are the first guardians of their child’s innocence. Ensuring kids are protected from early exposure to pornography is a critical step to making sure parents are the ones providing their kids with age-appropriate sexual education when they know it is right.

H.B. 1257 was dead in committee, but on Monday, the legislature can “smoke it out” with a one third vote on the Senate floor. So, we need you to contact your state senator and ask him or her to support H.B. 1257 on Monday. Doing so is easy in our Action Center.

Along with our allies at Family Voice, who have worked tirelessly to get this bill passed, we urge you to partner with us to protect kids from early exposure to pornography.

Send a message to your state senator NOW and urge them to protect South Dakota kids!

For our kids,Joseph Kohm
Joseph Kohm
Joseph Kohm
Director, Public Policy