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GREENSBURG, PA - MAY 06: Ohio Republican U.S. Senate candidate JD Vance speaks to supporters of former President Donald Trump Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images

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(LifeSiteNews) — Senate candidate J.D. Vance drew attention from legacy media outlets over the weekend for his 2021 comments calling for a ban on pornography, which he said has helped create “a lonely, isolated generation.”

Overtly left-wing news outlet HuffPost reported Sunday that Vance, a Republican candidate for the Ohio Senate, had told Catholic conservative publication Crisis Magazine in a “newly unearthed interview” in August that he wanted to outright ban pornography.

“I think the combination of porn, abortion have basically created a lonely, isolated generation that isn’t getting married, they’re not having families, and they’re actually not even totally sure how to interact with each other,” Vance told Crisis.

The conservative outlet added that after asking the Republican candidate “his thoughts on porn and birth control and their effects on familial decline, [he] admitted he wants to outright ban pornography.”

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At least 135 U.S. teachers and teachers’ aides have already been arrested in 2022 for child-related sex crimes, ranging from child porn possession to rape, and these are only the cases reported by the media.

And, while the vast majority of teachers are upstanding citizens, we also know some are indoctrinating our children with the LGBT ideology and practices to "make an ally of them" at a wholly inappropriate age.

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With Governor Ron DeSantis already taking action in Florida, banning instruction on sexuality and gender identity by teachers among third graders and younger, it's now time to see a federal push to effectively end such meddling in the minds of our children.

Parents have a responsibility to defend their children from those who overstep boundaries, whether that's in the form of LGBT propaganda, pornography, or other forms of sexualization in schools.

Too often the media downplays what's at stake: nothing less than the innocence of our children, and sometimes even their very lives, as this grieving Mom explained in March.

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76% of the arrests of teachers and aides for child-related sex-crimes this year involved assaults on students. 

Jonathan van Maren reports that while one California teacher was charged with aggravated assault of a child, another was charged with 29 counts of child molestation. 

A North Carolina science teacher was charged with 27 counts of first-degree sexual exploitation of a minor and 28 counts of “indecent liberties with a student.”

Parents need to construct every possible barrier to more children being abused, and one important way is to stop groomers and potential groomers from discussing sex with children in the classroom. 

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Vance, author of the best-selling memoir “Hillbilly Elegy,” which highlighted the generational struggles of impoverished Appalachian families, won the Senate Republican Primary in Ohio last month after earning the endorsement of former U.S. President Donald Trump.

READ: Trump-endorsed candidates run the table in Ohio and Indiana, win all 22 primary races

HuffPost noted that Vance’s call for the outlawing of pornography goes well beyond the stance of the broader Republican Party.

In 2016, the GOP blasted pornography in its party platform as “a public health crisis” and urged “states to continue to fight this public menace and pledge our commitment to children’s safety and well-being.”

Unlike Vance, however, the GOP didn’t explicitly call for the criminalization of pornographic content.

Though the HuffPost noted that Vance’s campaign “didn’t provide a comment about his more recent thoughts on porn, and how they would factor into his priorities as a senator,” he has made no secret about his conservative pro-life agenda.

The 37-year-old Catholic convert, husband, and father has run his campaign on a pro-family “America-First” platform, emphasizing on his campaign website that he is “100 percent pro-life,” and believes in “[e]liminating abortion” in order to help make “our society more pro-child and pro-family.”

Vance has also called for making “it easier to support a family on a single middle-class wage,” urging “fathers to step up,” and making changes to the tax code to “reward,” rather than “penalize,” “marriage and family.”

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Meanwhile, Vance isn’t the only prominent Republican to speak out about the deleterious effects of pornography in American culture.

Republican Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri last year urged conservative men to fight for traditional American values, asserting that the country needs “men who will shoulder responsibility, men who will start and provide for families, men who will enter the covenant of marriage and then honor it.”

According to the 41-year-old Christian husband and father, a sustained cultural attack on masculinity has led to heightened rates of anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and addiction to video games and pornography.

“Many men in this country are in crisis, and their ranks are swelling,” Hawley said.

READ: Sen. Hawley says stopping the Left’s destructive agenda hinges on men being men and not wimps

In April, Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis signed legislation to earmark almost $70 million in spending to “encourage responsible and involved fatherhood” in the Sunshine State amid what he called a “fatherhood crisis.”

“Incredibly, there are those who diminish the importance of fatherhood and the nuclear family – we will not let that happen in our state,” DeSantis said. “I am proud to say we are doing everything we can to support involved fatherhood in Florida.

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