The Utah legislature took a bold step late last week by becoming the first in the nation to pass a resolution declaring pornography a public health crisis.
The bill, SCR009, sponsored by Sen. Todd Weiler and Rep. Curtis Oda, recognizes pornography is a public health hazard leading to a broad spectrum of individual and public health impacts and societal harms; and recognizes the need for education, prevention, research, and policy change at the community and societal level in order to address the pornography epidemic that is harming the citizens of Utah and the nation.
The resolution also declares efforts to prevent pornography exposure and addiction, to educate individuals and families concerning its harms, and to develop recovery programs must be addressed systemically in ways that hold broader influences accountable.
In the high Mormon population the bill declares pornography use is linked to lessening desire in young men to marry, dissatisfaction in marriage, and infidelity. This link demonstrates that pornography has a detrimental effect on the family unit.
The resolution passed the House on Thursday with a vote of 72-0.