Our Fight Against the Scourge of Porn

February 15
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Dear Friends,

There was great news in Topeka this week! The state senate passed a resolution recognizing pornography as a public health hazard leading to a broad spectrum of individual and public health impacts and societal harms. The vote was 35-4. (You may recall that a similar resolution passed the House last year.)

While resolutions don’t have the force of law, they can serve as an important first step to tackling difficult issues. Now that a vast majority of legislators are on the record for the resolution, we can begin advancing specific legislation to combat porn and expect their support.

So, how exactly do we start to roll back the culture of sexual exploitation? Last week, New York Times columnist Ross Douthat proposed a ban on porn. I’m on board, but this seems unlikely – for now, anyway. Perhaps a better first step would be stricter age-verification requirements for porn websites. Last year, the United Kingdom passed a law requiring porn sites to verify that users are over the age of 18. In the U.S., there is a precedent for such regulation. At least 38 states have passed laws against so-called “revenge porn” and similar legislation has been introduced at the federal level.

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Sincerely,

Eric Teetsel
President and Executive Director