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United States Penal Law, Section 211 (1873)

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Title

United States Penal Law, Section 211 (1873)

Description

Text of the law published by the National Committee on Federal Legislation for Birth Control, ca. 1929.

Creator

United States Government

Source

National Committee on Federal Legislation for Birth Control, Laws Concering Birth Control in the United States (New York, ca. 1929), pp. 8-9.

Publisher

National Committee on Federal Legislation for Birth Control

Date

1929

Contributor

Hajo, Cathy Moran (metadata)
Hajo, Cathy Moran (transcription)

Rights

Public Domain

Relation

For other related U.S. laws, see Sections 246, 311, 312, of the U.S. Penal Code.

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Identification

Language

English

Type

Article

Coverage

Washington, DC

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Birth Date

1873

Biographical Text

Section 211 was the law usually referred to as the Comstock Act, in honor of Anthony Comstock, who was instrumental in helping get it passed in Congress.

Text

Section 211 Penal Laws.

Every obscene. . . .or other publication of an indecent character, and every article or thing designed, adapted, or intended for preventing conception or producing abortion, or for any indecent or immoral use; and every article, instrument, substance, drug, medicine, or thing which is advertised or described in a manner calculated to lead another to use or apply it for preventing conception or producing abortion, or for any indecent or immoral purpose; and every written or printed card, letter, circular, book, pamphlet, advertisement, or notice of any kind giving information directly or indirectly, where or how, or from whom, or by what means any of the herein-before-mentioned matters, articles, or things may be obtained or made, or where or by whom any act or operation of any kind for the procuring or producing of abortion will be done or performed, or how of by what means conception may be prevented or abortion procured, whether sealed or unsealed; and every letter, packet, or package, or other mail matter containing any filthy, vile, or indecent thing, device or substance; and every paper, writing, advertisement, or representation that any article, instrument, substance, drug, medicine, or thing may , or can be, used of applied for preventing conception or producing abortion, or for any indecent or immoral purpose; and every description calculated to induce or incite a person to so use or apply any such article, instrument, substance, drug, medicine, or thing, is hereby declared to be nonmailable matter and shall not be conveyed in the mails or delivered from any postoffice or by any letter carrier. Whoever shall knowingly deposit, or cause to be deposited, for mailing or delivery, anything declared by this section to be nonmailable, or shall knowingly take, or cause same to be taken, from the mails for the purpose of circulating or disposing thereof, or of aiding in the circulation or disposition thereof, shall be fined not more than $5,000, or imprisoned not more than five years or both...

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