Scarlet Letter Law

A popular nickname for a law enacted in Florida in 2001 that required single women planning to put their infants up for adoption to first publish their sexual histories in a newspaper if they did not know the identity of the father. It was later repealed.
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A district court ruling in February said essentially the same thing about Missouri's Scarlet Letter law, adding that it imposes unconstitutional qualifications on candidates and violates the First Amendment right to free speech.