Your editorial (July 10), “Not Smut, Just Trash,” speaks out more against Atty. Gen. Edwin Meese II and the commission’s report than against pornography. The report has flaws, but you copy some of its naivete by using as your sources a magazine editor and a psychologist who believe there is no data relating pornography to sex crimes.
No one practicing pediatrics doubts the connection of child pornography with innumerable physical and mental abuses to children and thence to lifelong physical and mental scars.
Contact the American Academy of Pediatrics if you think “no self-respecting investigators could reach these conclusions.” Pediatricians don’t think this is a joke.
WILLIAM B. SCHAFER MD