On March 10, the Utah House of Representatives passed a nationally covered resolution to declare pornography a public health crisis in the state, with a 24-0 unanimous vote, according to fightthenewdrug.org.
The resolution was drafted by the National Center on Sexual Exploitation and was introduced by Republican Sen. Todd Weiler.
NCOSE is the leading national organization which addresses the public health crisis of pornography and exposes the links between all forms of sexual exploitation, according to the National Center on Sexual Exploitation.
“When the text of this bill went public, I was almost immediately inundated with criticism on social media,” Weiler said, according to Standard Examiner. “It just went viral almost immediately after the resolution was numbered and put on our website.”
This resolution will not ban pornography in Utah; however, Weiler hopes that the passing of this resolution will raise awareness of the problem, according to Standard Examiner.
“My goal in passing this resolution is to start a national movement to do the same thing our country did with tobacco, with pornography—not to ban it, but to protect our children from it,” Weiler said, according to Fight the New Drug.
The Senate Concurrent Resolution 9, SCR9, was created to declare pornography a “public health hazard” and asks for policies to be changed and for people to get educated on this hazard, accordng to fox13now.com.
SCR9 asks that the “Legislature and the Governor recognize 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 people of our state and nation,” according to le.utah.gov.
Utah is the number one state with the most subscription rates per home, according to The Salt Lake Tribune.
Weiler filed this resolution to help reduce the pornography epidemic that is affecting many citizens of Utah and across the nation, Weiler said, according to Time.
Rep. Carl Wimmer, R-Herriman, who worked in law enforcement, said that pornography has become a problem in our society, according to The Salt Lake Tribune.
“I’m not a huge fan of censoring the Internet,” Wimmer said. “But this is definitely something to look into to see if we can stop the influx of pornography into our society, because pornography is such a plague. It’s rotten to the core, and it hurts families, and it hurts children.”