SALT LAKE CITY, UT. (WWBT) - Citing the increased access and advancement of the Internet, Utah Governor Gary Herbert has declared pornography a "public health hazard," all in an effort to raise awareness of the health and societal impacts of viewing sexually explicit images.
Herbert signed SCR009, a resolution that calls for education, prevention, research, and policy change at the community and broader level in order to address, what the governor and state lawmakers call, "the pornography epidemic that is harming the citizens of Utah and the nation."
"Pornography is contributing to the hypersexualization of teens, and even prepubescent children, in our society," a portion of the resolution reads.
The resolution continues by saying that exposure to pornography "teaches girls they are to be used and teaches boys to be users," adding that "pornography use is linked to lessening desire in young men to marry, dissatisfaction in marriage, and infidelity."
The resolution was supported by Mormon church-backed Utah Coalition Against Pornography, who said in a blog post on their website that, "The damaging consequences of pornography have expanded to such an extent that it is more than an individual or family can manage on their own."
According to a 2009 report in the Journal of Economic Perspectives, Utah residents purchase and subscribe to the most online pornography of any state in the United States, with 5.47 users per 1,000 homes.
"There are many benefits to passing a resolution declaring pornography to be a public health issue," the Utah Coalition Against Pornography said. "This resolution will be a good resource when citizens or elected officials are working on projects addressing the harm of pornography."
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