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Kansas Senate Overwhelmingly Votes To Denounce Porn As ‘Health Crisis’

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Henry Rodgers Capitol Hill Reporter

The Kansas Senate passed a resolution denouncing pornography as a health crisis by an overwhelming majority in a vote Tuesday.

In a 35-4 vote, Resolution 1762 passed the state Senate, after lawmakers explained why they believed pornography should be looked at as a health risk, listing issues such as objectification of women, erectile dysfunction and infidelity, The Wichita Eagle reported. Although simple resolutions have no legal effect, it could lead to future action by Kansas lawmakers.

“A RESOLUTION recognizing that pornography is a public health hazard that leads to a broad spectrum of individual and public health impacts and societal harms. WHEREAS, Pornography is creating a public health crisis and perpetuates a sexually toxic environment; and WHEREAS, Efforts to prevent pornography exposure and addiction, to educate individuals and families concerning its harms and to develop recovery programs must be addressed systematically; and WHEREAS, Due to advances in technology and the universal availability of the internet, young children are exposed to pornography at an alarming rate, with 27% of millennials, aged 25 to 30, reporting that they first viewed pornography before puberty,” the resolution reads.

One of the senators believes there are more important health concerns to focus on, citing guns.

“Seriously? We’ll see how excited they are about public health when it comes to guns,” Republican state Sen. Barbara Bollier said.

Another senator against the resolution was mainly concerned about citizens’ First Amendment rights.

“Even though just a resolution, the danger in this language being affirmed by the majority in this chamber…I fear it could lead to unintended consequences in many ways,” Democratic state Sen. David Haley said.

Florida recently passed a similar resolution through The House Health & Human Services Committee, declaring pornography a health risk with an overwhelming 18-1 vote.

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