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Virginia lawmaker wants porn declared a public health hazard

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – A Virginia lawmaker wants to have pornography declared a public health hazard, calling it a moral scourge that leads to infidelity, the “hypersexualization of teenagers” and the objectification of women.

The Washington Post (http://wapo.st/2iMEP29) reports that Del. Robert G. Marshall of Prince William County has proposed a resolution stating that pornography leads to many social problems and that the General Assembly, which convenes its annual session on Jan. 11, needs to address it.

The resolution does not call for a ban, but rather urges lawmakers to recognize the need for education and research to address what he called an “epidemic.”

He says such a declaration could help pave the way for future limits, similar to how a 1964 federal government report linking cigarettes to disease spurred on future restrictions.

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Information from: The Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com

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