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Arizona Politicians On Porn As A Public Health Crisis

The Arizona State Senate declared that pornography is a public health crisis. However, beyond their statement, no further action was made.

According to the bill, the technological advancement of this era and the universal availability of the internet are the reasons why children are exposed to pornography at a very alarming rate. This exposure resulted in low self-esteem, various eating disorders and disturbing sexual activities at a young age.

“Pornography perpetuates a sexually toxic environment that damages all areas of our society,” a portion of the bill read. Furthermore, pornography is said to have “potential detrimental effects” on users, such as “toxic sexual behaviors, emotional, mental and medical illnesses and difficulty forming or maintaining intimate relationships.”

There were 32 voters who were in favor of the bill and 28 who were against it. The bill itself was only less than a page. Moreover, there weren’t any notable action from the members of the state legislature to “denounce pornography as a public health crisis.”

State Representative Michelle Udall declared this as a crisis, saying that pornography sustains a sexually driven environment capable of destroying all societal aspects. Similar to the tobacco industry, Udall claimed that the pornography industry has created a public health crisis.

Udall added that pornography is used extensively even by minors. Even though her proposal was hugely symbolic and presents no legal effect, a number of supporters shared their hope for further restrictions on the use of pornography, according to the Arizona Republic.

Republican Sylvia Allen voted in favor of the resolution and realized that there wouldn’t be any action of banning or outlawing pornography. Allen proceeded to claim that the bill will still have an impact, considering the fact that this will be the first statement made concerning the epidemic of pornography.

Democrat Jamescita Peshlakai, who voted against the resolution, said that there are currently bigger health issues which deserve more attention, like the measles outbreak. By 2019, the United States of America reported a total number of 764 cases of measles, the highest number reported since 1994.

Peshlakai said that they should focus more on health issues that are life-threatening. For her, the declaration of pornography as a public health crisis only shifted their attention from the epidemic that is hitting the country and the state of Arizona.

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