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Utah Senate: Pornography is an Official Public Health Crisis

Utah Senate: Pornography is an Official Public Health Crisis

The Utah Senate has unanimously passed a resolution declaring pornography a public health crisis.

According to, state Sen. Todd Weiler strongly supported the resolution, arguing that pornography is a great evil of American society.

Many groups and organizations applauded the Senate’s resolution. 

"The research is clear: pornography is significantly linked to decreased brain matter in regions of motivation and decision-making, and to increasing cases of sexual dysfunction," said Dawn Hawkins, the executive director of the National Center of Sexual Exploitation.

"Beyond the negative impact pornography can have on one's physical health, it is also associated with alarming social ills like increases in sexual violence and increased beliefs that women enjoy rape," she added. "Pornography is clearly a poison that any society striving for ideals of personal well-being, equality, and respect cannot tolerate.”

The group Enough Is Enough (EIE) which seeks to protect children from child pornography and online predators, also praised the resolution. EIE President Donna Rice Hughes said the Senate’s decision “shows the courage and conviction of a legislative body to deal with unpopular and often misunderstood social justice issues such as pornography.”

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Publication date: March 24, 2016