Georgia House Considering Resolution Declaring Pornography a ‘Public Health Crisis’

ATLANTA, Ga. — Members of the Georgia House of Representatives are considering a resolution that would declare pornography as being a public health crisis.

House Resolution 364 was co-sponsored by Reps. Bruce Broadrick, R-Dalton; Sharon Cooper, R-Marietta; Steve Tarvin, R-Chickamauga; Kevin Tanner, R-Dawsonville; and Dewayne Hill, R-Ringgold.

WGCL-TV also reports that the bill was lobbied by counselors such as Eddie Capparucci of Marietta, who stated that many of his clients struggle with viewing pornography.

“It is getting worse, and the reason it’s getting worse is because it’s so accessible,” he told the outlet, speaking on the subject in general. “Today, just the click of a button, and it’s there. It’s definitely more than it was in the past because it wasn’t readily available [before the Internet].”

The resolution calls for preventative measures and education both on community and societal levels to help put an end to the epidemic.

“[C]hildren and youth are exposed to pornography that oftentimes serves as their sex education and shapes their sexual templates. Because pornography treats women as objects and commodities for the viewer’s use, it teaches girls they are to be used and boys to be users,” it laments.

“[P]ornography normalizes violence and abuse of women and children, treating women and children as objects and often depicting rape and abuse as if it were harmless,” the measure continues. “Moreover, pornography equates violence toward women and children with sex and pain with pleasure which increases the demand for sex trafficking, prostitution, and child sexual abuse images and child pornography.”

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The resolution also recognizes that pornography can be addictive and is destructive to the family unit.

“[R]ecent research indicates that pornography is potentially biologically addictive, meaning the user requires more novelty, which is often more shocking material, in order to be satisfied,” it outlines. “[P]ornography use has a detrimental effect on the family as it is linked to lessening desire in young men to marry, dissatisfaction in marriage, and infidelity.”

As previously reported, an almost identical resolution passed the Tennessee Senate unanimously last week, and other states such as Arkansas, Missouri, South Carolina and Virginia are likewise considering the measure.

U.K. preacher J.C. Ryle (1816-1900) once said, “The Christianity which is from the Holy Spirit will always have a very deep view of the sinfulness of sin. It will not merely regard sin as a blemish and misfortune, which makes men and women objects of pity and compassion. It will see in sin the abominable thing which God hates, the thing which makes people guilty and lost in his Maker’s sight, the thing which deserves God’s wrath and condemnation.”

“It will look on sin as the cause of all sorrow and unhappiness, of strife and wars, of quarrels and contentions, of sickness and death—the curse which cursed God’s beautiful creation, the cursed thing which makes the whole earth groan and struggle in pain. Above all, it will see in sin the thing which will ruin us eternally, unless we can find a ransom—lead us captive, except we can get its chains broken—and destroy our happiness, both here and hereafter, except we fight against it, even unto death.”

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