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CWA Responds to Supreme Court Ruling on Broadcast Decency Standards

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Nance: “Based on today’s decision, parents … need to join with the FCC and work towards enforceable standards.”

Washington, D.C. – Concerned Women for America (CWA) President and CEO and former special advisor to FCC Chairman Kevin Martin Penny Nance issued the following statement in response to today’s Supreme Court decision to strike down a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) policy regulating curse words on broadcast television:

“Although we are disappointed and firmly disagree with the Court that the FCC had not given Fox or ABC ‘fair’ notice prior to these broadcasts, the Court did not touch the FCC’s power to enforce indecency laws in the future as the opponents asked them to and that is very encouraging. This is a very narrow ruling that should really affirm the FCC’s power to enforce decency standards on the people’s broadcast airwaves.

“The FCC must act swiftly to make sure ‘appropriate’ notice is given to broadcasters that even the type of material involved in these cases will not be tolerated in the future.

“CWA’s 500,000 members strongly believe that the law regarding indecency on the public airwaves must be enforced and children must be protected. There are currently over one million unadjudicated complaints awaiting Chairman Genachowski’s attention, and now is the time for action. Based on today’s decision, parents and interests outside of Washington need to join with the FCC and work towards enforceable standards.”

CWA is the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization. If you would like to set up an interview with Penny, please contact Alison Howard at: