Republican Platform May Include Plank Declaring Porn a Public Health Crisis

Porn CellphonePerhaps taking a page from Utah, Republicans adopted an amendment to their draft platform declaring pornography a “public health crisis.”

You’ll remember that Utah lawmakers approved a resolution during the 2016 session that declared pornography “evil, degrading, addictive and harmful.” The resolution was sponsored by Republican Sen. Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross, who became the center of much media attention for his proposal.

According to Yahoo, Republicans meeting ahead of next week’s GOP convention approved an amendment in a subcommittee to address healthcare, education and crime that was much stronger than the party’s stance on pornography in 2012.

“Pornography, with his harmful effects, especially on children, has become a public health crisis that is destroying the life of millions. We encourage states to continue to fight this public menace and pledge our commitment to children’s safety and wellbeing,” the amendment stated.

 

Mary Forrester, a delegate from North Carolina, offered the amendment during the Republican National Convention subcommittee meeting on healthcare, education and crime. The full body votes on the platform changes Monday and Tuesday.

 

Before the amendment, the platform’s section on porn read that the Internet must not become “a safe haven” for sex offenders. The section encouraged the “energetic prosecution of child pornography.”

The platform committee also adopted draft language condemning the Obama administration directive on accommodating transgender students in public schools, and calling on the Supreme Court to overturn its decision legalizing same-sex marriage.