LA porn industry protests against 'mandatory use of condoms' in shoots
The porn film industry in Los Angeles have voiced their opposition to a new rule making it compulsory for adult film stars to wear condoms during shoots.
A ballot measure mandating that porn stars wear condoms in adult films passed with 56 percent of the vote in Los Angeles County this week.
The Safer Sex in the Adult Film Industry Act, or Measure B, will require performers to wear condoms during vaginal and anal intercourse.
According to ABC News, industry leaders and their employees, however, think the move is unnecessary because studios require performers to submit to mandatory STD testing every 14 or 28 days.
If they aren't STD-free, they can't be entered into the industry-wide sexual health database, and they're banned from performing.
The Free Speech Coalition, the adult film industry trade group, has already written a letter to Los Angeles County, saying compliance with measure B has 'excessive costs,' is unconstitutional and should not fall to local government to decide.
The letter said FSC will "challenge this intolerable law in court," and may move its billion dollar industry elsewhere.
The report quoted performer Kylie Ireland, who also directs adult films, said she was "obviously" against Measure B.
"It's a ridiculous waste of time and money to regulate an industry that is already self-regulating," she said.
"We've done this all on our own. ... I always felt totally comfortable and I've been in this business for 17 years," she added.