Some pedophiles have called to abolish the age of consent to allow adults to have sex freely with prepubescent children, arguing they can consent.
In 1977 while a reform in the French penal code was under discussion in the parliament, a petition to decriminalize all consented relations between adults and minors below the age of fifteen was sent to Parliament but did not succeed in changing the law.
In 1978 the petition was discussed in a broadcast by radio France Culture in the program "Dialogues", with the transcript later published under the title Sexual Morality and the Law in a book by Michel Foucault.
The participants, including Foucault, play-writer/actor Jean Danet and novelist/gay activist Guy Hocquenghem had all signed the petition.
Two final states legislating their ages of consent into the 15-18 range were Georgia and Hawaii, from 14, raised in 19, respectively.
In Alabama in 2012 State Representative Mac Mc Cutcheon sponsored a bill to raise the age of consent from 16 to 18 in the state legislature. In 2006, following the infamous case of Genarlow Wilson (Wilson v.