Is Pornography a Public Health Crisis? These States Say Yes.

May 10, 2019 AT 8:17 AM

By Kristin Lam

From Idaho to Pennsylvania, lawmakers in more than a dozen states have adopted resolutions declaring pornography a public health crisis.

This week the Arizona Senate approved a measure urging the state to prevent exposure and addiction to porn, drawing criticism from some experts who say the approach is misguided and poses risks.

At least one legislative chamber has adopted a similar measure in 15 states, including South Dakota, Tennessee, Florida and Virginia, and the Republican Party added it to its national platform in 2016.

Linking pornography to violence against women, sexual activity among teens and unplanned pregnancies, Republican Arizona Sen. Sylvia Allen supported the measure.

“It is an epidemic in our society, and this makes a statement that we have a problem,” Allen said. 

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