West Virginia Senators have introduced Senate Concurrent Resolution 29, this resolution looks to declare pornography a public health crisis.
The resolution is being spearheaded by Senators Rucker, Azinger, Blair, Boley, Clements, Gaunch, Karnes, Mann, Maroney, Maynard, Mullins, and Smith.
The parties involved argue that advances in technology and the universal availability of the internet have added to what they are calling a public health crisis.
The senators also say that early exposure to pornography leads to low self-esteem and body image disorders, they also state that pornography treats women as objects, and it teaches girls that they are to be used and teaches boys to be users.
The resolution cites many other negative outcomes that can result from the use of pornography, such as emotional illness, difficulty in forming and maintaining intimate relationships, harmful sexual behaviors, and addiction.
It is the hopes of the Legislature that the public will recognize the need for education, prevention, research and policy change at the community and societal level in order to address the pornography epidemic that they claim is harming people of West Virginia and the nation.
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