We recently received some big news from our friends over at the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE).

Joining Utah’s historic, precedent-setting declaration of pornography as a public health crisis last year, both Virginia and South Dakota have now passed similar, landmark resolutions in officially recognizing the harmful effects of porn in their state.

The Breakdown

The Virginia State House recently passed their resolution against porn with a whopping 82-8 majority.

What that means is “this resolution would publicly recognize the harms of pornography, which then paves the way for greater awareness and national dialogue on the issue,” a statement from the NCOSE read. “It also has the potential to lay groundwork for future legislative efforts to protect children in publicly funded schools and libraries from being unintentionally exposed to pornography!” (Unfortunately, being exposed to porn in schools is probably more common than you think.)

But that’s not all, South Dakota also recently stepped up to the plate as well, with the passage of their own resolution declaring a pornography a public health crisis. Upon receiving the news, the NCOSE sent us a news update that read: “It passed the South Dakota House 65-0 after having already passed the South Dakota Senate earlier on a 35-0 vote!”

That’s right, the South Dakota resolution was passed unanimously, without opposition, by both the State House and Senate.

“South Dakota is the second state in the United States to formally recognize the public health crisis of pornography, following Utah’s unanimous adoption of the same resolution last year,” reported the NCOSE.

All of this change in the U.S. comes hot on the heels of the recent unanimous vote in the Canadian Parliament’s House of Commons to conduct a country-wide study in order to “examine the public health effects of online pornography”

The momentum is building, there’s no doubt about that. We applaud these states and the NCOSE for their efforts to educate the world on the dangers of pornography and their passion in taking a stand by raising awareness on the harms that come from early and constant exposure to porn.

We firmly believe in shining that light on the issue of pornography and helping society understand the science and research showing its negative effects on all aspects of our daily lives.

Our Stance

While Fight the New Drug doesn’t get involved in political action, we do stand in support of anything that helps to educate people on its harmful effects, especially when protecting children from their first exposure. Science and research are showing us that pornography is indeed a public health issue and it is our mission to help promote that information so everyone can make informed decisions regarding pornography.

Porn is a cheap imitation of what love and sex should be. How awesome would it be if countries around the world started recognizing porn as a public health crisis, creating even more Fighters for real love and real relationships? That’s a world we want to live in.

These resolutions are symbols of remarkable encouragement that the cause—the fight—continues to grow, succeed, and find momentum.

What YOU Can Do

Congratulate Virginia and South Dakota, and encourage other states to do the same. SHARE this article to spread the word on the harms of pornography in society.

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