Advertisement
Policy Forum

Policy Forum Policy Forum articles provide a platform for health policy makers from around the world to discuss the challenges and opportunities in improving health care to their constituencies.

See all article types »

The US Anti-Prostitution Pledge: First Amendment Challenges and Public Health Priorities

  • Nicole Franck Masenior mail,

    To whom correspondence should be addressed. E-mail: nfranck@jhsph.edu

    X
  • Chris Beyrer
  • Published: July 24, 2007
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.0040207

Reader Comments (5)

Post a new comment on this article

Update: Decision rendered on the Prostitution Pledge

Posted by plosmedicine on 01 Aug 2011 at 08:56 GMT

Whether these goals can be met if we must “oppose prostitution” is actively being argued in the courts, and perhaps more vitally, in the many settings where sex workers provide services societies continue to disdain and demand.
http://plosmedicine.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pmed.0040207#article1.body1.sec5.p5

In July 2011 the US Court of Appeals ruled, 2-1, that the anti-prostitution pledge requirement violates the First Amendment because it compels grant recipients to voice the government’s viewpoint as if it were their own.

Nicole Masenior and Chris Beyrer, the authors of this paper, posted a blog on Speaking of Medicine (the PLoS Medicine community blog) about this decision after six years of debate in the US courts system. Read it here:

http://blogs.plos.org/speakingofmedicine/2011/07/29/decision-rendered-on-the-prostitution-pledge/

No competing interests declared.