Will Florida Outlaw Porn?

August Ames dead at 23 …

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(HEADLINE HEALTH) We recently reported on efforts in the Florida legislature to declare pornography a threat to public health.

Days later, we’re learning details of the death earlier this week of one of the porn industry’s most prolific young stars, August Ames, 23, of an apparent suicide.

Ames (real name, Mercedes Grabowski) reportedly hung herself after being labeled a homophobe on social media for refusing to act with a male performer who also does homosexual scenes.

Ames posted that female performers should not be forced into sex acts with gay men in order to safeguard their own health.

She was met with a barrage of hateful posts calling her an anti-gay bigot. Ames appeared in nearly 300 adult films in her short four-year career.

‘Pornography has potential detrimental effects on the user’

Her suicide may add momentum to the emerging anti-porn effort in Florida. Sponsors of a resolution in the legislature seek to categorize porn as a public health nuisance:

“Pornography has potential detrimental effects on the user, including, but not limited to, mental and physical illnesses; difficulty forming or maintaining intimate relationships; unhealthy brain development and cognitive function; deviant, problematic, or dangerous sexual behaviors; and addiction.”

Ames’ death raises even more health questions, amplified by the fact that she was one of the top producing actors in the porn industry at the time of her death. In addition to suicide and depression, those questions include health risks associated with bi-sexuality, social media bullying, and a woman’s right to control her own body.

Below is our original post published November 24, 2017.

Will Florida Outlaw Porn?

Florida politician calls porn ‘public health crisis’

(LifeSiteNews) The state of Florida may declare pornography a public health crisis because of the myriad health and brain problems it causes.

Censorship, or common sense? A Florida politician is testing the waters with a first step toward potentially outlawing porn in the Sunshine State.

Rep. Ross Spano, who represents House District 59, introduced a resolution acknowledging “pornography is creating a public health crisis and contributing to the hypersexualization of children and teens.”

If the resolution passes, the declaration that pornography is a public health crisis will mean the government “acknowledges the need for education, prevention, research, and policy change to protect the citizens of this state.”

Twenty-seven percent of young adults between the ages of 25 and 30 viewed pornography before the onset of puberty, the resolution says.

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“Pornography has potential detrimental effects on the user, including, but not limited to, mental and physical illnesses; difficulty forming or maintaining intimate relationships; unhealthy brain development and cognitive function; deviant, problematic, or dangerous sexual behaviors; and addiction,” it adds.

“A child who views pornography is at a higher risk of developing low self-esteem, an eating disorder, and a desire to engage in dangerous sexual behavior,” the resolution explains.

Is porn addiction real?

Spano’s resolution also notes that pornography objectifies women and fuels the sex trafficking industry.

“Recent research indicates that pornography is potentially biologically addictive, resulting in the user consuming increasingly more shocking material to satisfy the addiction,” it notes.

A new documentary called Over 18 explores how the pornography industry has changed thanks to the Internet, and how easy it is for children to stumble across porn and become addicted to it.

The story of Joseph, who was first exposed to pornography at age nine while in third grade, backs up the resolution’s assertion about users consuming “increasingly more shocking material to satisfy the addiction.”

Spano recently announced he is running for Florida Attorney General. Read the full story at LifeSiteNews.

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