Arizona looking to declare porn a public health crisis

This measure is really just symbolic, but could maybe lead to stricter regulations some day.  Via azcentral:

Citing concerns about the proliferation of erotic images online and their “toxic” effect on behavior, Arizona lawmakers are pushing to declare pornography a public health crisis.

State Rep. Michelle Udall, R-Mesa, introduced a measure that declares the crisis and states porn “perpetuates a sexually toxic environment that damages all areas of our society.”

“Like the tobacco industry, the pornography industry has created a public health crisis,” Udall told lawmakers. “Pornography is used pervasively, even by minors.”

Udall’s proposal, House Concurrent Resolution 2009, is largely symbolic and has no legal effect, but supporters say they hope it opens the door to new restrictions on porn.

Similar measures declaring a crisis have passed in at least 11 states, using similar text from model legislation written by the National Center on Sexual Exploitation. The group, formerly known as Morality in Media, contends porn is directly connected to other acts of exploitation.

Issues like these are tricky.  As I wrote about recently, porn is degenerate.  Especially the kind of stuff the major porn websites push nowadays like incest and non-consensual sex.  The issue is tricky because, much like drugs, I am not sure the government should have the right to determine what you do to yourself or watch.  On the other hand, if there are serious adverse effects to society at large that may open the door to some regulations.  For example, perhaps they could ban porn that pushes incest or rape because that truly is a net negative effect to society at large, much like drunk driving.

The reality is as Christianity and Christian morals continue to decline in the west, we will continue to see more and more debauchery and bad behavior.  Unlike what they want you to believe, without that moral framework most people do not behave the same way.  A Christian society would likely not need to enact laws like this in the first place.  Perhaps some level of control is needed if we are to continue down this path straying further away from the Christian roots this country was founded on.

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