Missouri declares pornography harmful to individuals and society
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, May 16, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – This week the Missouri State Senate passed 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."
The non-binding resolution passed with 31 votes in favor and none against, with two senators absent. It declares that pornography “perpetuates a sexually toxic environment” and “may contribute to the hypersexualization of teenagers, and even prepubescent children, in our society.”
It further warns that the internet is accelerating children’s exposure to increasingly “hardcore” material at younger ages. This “may serve as children's and youth's sex education and may shape their sexual templates,” 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,” as well as difficulties forming and keeping faithful relationships later in life.
The language of the bill follows suit with other states declaring pornography a public health crisis. This resolution still needs the Missouri House of Representatives to pass it, which would make Missouri the 10th state to take a similar bold stance against pornography. The most recent state to pass a similar resolution was Pennsylvania in January of this year.
Senator Ed Emory, sponsor of the resolution, said recently, "What is unveiled by a personal moral failure may be a reflection of a disturbing and invasive social evil ― that of the proliferation of pornography and modern culture’s ambivalence toward it.” Emory was speculating that pornography may have been a factor in Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens’ 2015 extramarital affair, during which the woman claims he took a photo of her for blackmail.
According to Uriah Stark of National Decency Coalition, the bill is expected to travel down the House next week.
Bev Ehlen, Missouri State Director of Concerned Women of America, and Stark are championing this effort. Stark said, "Pornography has become the cancer that nobody wishes to speak about. Almost everyone has been personally impacted by porn or knows someone who has... SCR 52 breaks the silence in Missouri by declaring to the world that pornography is a public health crisis."
With today's technology, Internet providers can block 99.98% of pornography on the Internet, according to major filtering companies. Our organization hopes these resolutions will not only continue to bring much-needed awareness but motivate the Government, states, and Internet providers to take action against the crisis of pornography, enforce related laws, and utilize today's technology and offer porn-free services to customers.
Last month, University of Missouri Health Center chaplain Art Dyer testified that his pornography addiction led him to become suicidal in 1992. “It was only through talking to [my wife], working it out and a lot of counseling, a lot of therapy, that I was able to deal with my addiction,” he said. He now counsels students struggling with sexual addiction, and supports the resolution.