Missouri Declares Pornography A Public Health Crisis

The state of Missouri has joined in the fight against pornography by passing the Senate Concurring Resolution No. 52 recognizing “pornography as leading to individual and societal harms and recognize the need for education, prevention, research, and policy change at the community and societal level.”

Passing with 31 votes in favor, the bill declares that pornography “perpetuates a sexually toxic environment” and “may contribute to the hypersexualization of teenagers, and even prepubescent children, in our society.”

The bill also blames the internet for exposing children to sexual content before a mature age, effectively becoming their sex education, which “can lead to low self-esteem and body image disorders, an increase in problematic sexual activity at younger ages, and an increased desire among adolescents to engage in risky sexual behavior,” much less the inability to hold a healthy relationship later in life.

The bill will now go to the Missouri House, where, if it passes, Missouri will become the 10th state to declare pornography a public health crisis.

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