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What law made it illegal to spread contraceptive information and devices?

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10/12/2007

There are rather old federal laws that still prohibit these activities.

18 USC Section 1461. "Mailing obscene or crime-inciting matter", enacted in 1911, included "contraception" information as "obscene or immoral" materials that could not be sent by interstate commerce.

Distribution of information regarding means or opportunities for procuring an abortion were also illegal, and both were made violations under the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO) Act, 18 USC 1961 (in the 1984 amendments).