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The Utah Senate voted unanimously Wednesday to show that it considers pornography to be a public health crisis.

It voted 24-0 to approve SCR9, and sent it to the House.

“This is a serious issue,” said Sen. Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross, sponsor of the resolution making that declaration. “This is not just some hair-brained resolution,” but outlines scientific research about damage that pornography does.

Weiler said recent research has shown porn is increasing, lowers self worth, leads to unhealthy views of sex and relationships, increases the odds of infidelity and is a major cause of divorce, among other problems.

He said he is not trying to ban porn, but to better control access to it — much as America controlled access to tobacco, and advertising for it, when evidence showed it was harmful.

To read the full article in the Salt Lake Tribune, click here