16 States Say Porn Is A ‘Public Health Crisis’

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Is Porn a Public Health Crisis? 16 States Say Yes.

In just three years, more than a dozen states have passed resolutions declaring pornography a public health crisis. The research is more complicated.

BY MATTIE QUINN | JULY 19, 2019 AT 5:00 AM

GOVERNING.com – For Todd Weiler, it started with a noisy constituent.

The state senator in Utah, a Republican, was getting frequent calls from a local dentist who wanted to know what he was going to do about pornography.

“I’m a lawyer,” Weiler recalls telling her. “I understand the First Amendment, so I was telling her a lot of, ‘We can’t do that, we can’t do that.'”

Still, Weiler was able to get a resolution passed in 2016 declaring pornography a public health crisis.

Since Utah’s first-in-the-nation resolution, the idea has picked up considerable steam: 15 other states have passed identical or near-identical resolutions.

Weiler says he changed his tune when the National Center on Sexual Exploitation approached him with the idea.

“They told me,” he recalls, “‘If you can pass this, we can get this passed in 15 more states. We just need one legislator to stick his neck out.’”

Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah and Virginia have all passed their public health resolutions in the past two years.

Most of the passed resolutions were adopted by model legislation written by the center, which didn’t respond to multiple requests for an interview.

Formerly known as Morality in Media, the anti-pornography group argues that porn is linked to upticks in problems such as sex trafficking, violence against women, child abuse and addiction.

Its model legislation states that pornography is contributing to violence against women and children, the hypersexualization of teenagers and is “potentially biologically addictive,” among other things … Read more.

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