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Utah Pornography Resolution: Governor Declares 'Public Health Crisis'

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Utah Governor Gary Herbert talks to the press about the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on Utah's Gay Marriage ban on October 6, 2014 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (George Frey/Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 20 Apr 2016 12:05 PM

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert signed a resolution Tuesday calling pornography “a public health crisis.”

“Pornography is a public health hazard leading to a broad spectrum of individual and public health impacts and societal harms," the resolution reads.

The resolution details alleged dangers of pornography including that it “normalizes violence and abuse of women and children," and highlights a need for education, research, and policy change to address the “pornography epidemic.”

“The problem is rampant, yet it thrives in secrecy and silence,” Herbert said in a Facebook post.


The resolution aims to raise awareness but doesn’t ban or punish pornography, CNN reported.

An accompanying bill, H.B. 155, requires computer technicians to report child pornography found in the course of their work and makes willful failure to report child pornography a class B misdemeanor.

“We now have a whole generation who has grow[n] up with some of the most despicable pornographic images on their computers," Todd Weiler, the Republican senator who sponsored the resolution, told ABC News. "I think most people today know that if they start using something like heroin or meth, they know that they have a risk of becoming addicted to it, but some people don't know that about pornography."

According to a Harvard Business School study, Utah has the most subscribers of online pornography, with 5.47 of every 1,000 broadband households subscribing to an adult entertainment service.

Mike Stabile, spokesman for the Free Speech Coalition, criticized the bill in an email to The Washington Post.

“What we should be concerned about is not adult entertainment or sexuality, but with bill like this that traffic in shame and censorship,” Stabile said. “We should live in a society where sexuality is spoken about openly and discussed in nuanced and educated ways, not stigmatized. We all should work together to prevent non-adults from accessing adult material.”

Twitter users shared mixed reactions to Utah’s efforts.







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