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S.J.R. 15

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JOINT RESOLUTION REGARDING THE IMPACT OF

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ADULT IMAGES ON CHILDREN'S DEVELOPMENT

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2013 GENERAL SESSION

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STATE OF UTAH

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Chief Sponsor: Todd Weiler

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House Sponsor: Curtis Oda

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             8      LONG TITLE
             9      General Description:
             10          This joint resolution of the Legislature recognizes the strong negative impact of
             11      gateway pornography on brain development in children and urges parents and
             12      concerned citizens to consider ways to mitigate its effects.
             13      Highlighted Provisions:
             14          This resolution:
             15          .    recognizes the strong negative impact of soft-core or gateway pornography on brain
             16      development in children; and
             17          .    urges parents and concerned citizens to consider ways to mitigate the exposure of
             18      children to gateway pornography.
             19      Special Clauses:
             20          None
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             22      Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             23          WHEREAS, soft-core or gateway pornography means the sexualized images found in
             24      advertising and the media;
             25          WHEREAS, children and teens are constantly exposed to this type of pornography;
             26          WHEREAS, exposure to gateway pornography causes a release of stress hormones also
             27      known as the "fight or flight" response;


             28          WHEREAS, stress neurotransmitters and hormones inhibit the prefrontal cortex and
             29      stimulate the basal ganglia;
             30          WHEREAS, the prefrontal cortex is the area of the brain that governs self control,
             31      moral judgment, emotions, planning, ability to work toward a defined goal, analysis, and
             32      complex cognitive behaviors;
             33          WHEREAS, overstimulation of the basal ganglia leads to compulsiveness, difficulty
             34      linking natural consequences with choices, increased violence and aggression, increased desire
             35      for immediate gratification, loss of natural empathy and sympathy for others, loss of willpower,
             36      increased self-centeredness, and a stronger tendency to engage in addictive behaviors;
             37          WHEREAS, the brain is very adaptable to the stimuli it receives;
             38          WHEREAS, once the brain adapts to the kind of overstimulation caused by exposure to
             39      gateway pornography, addiction to the stimulation can greatly increase;
             40          WHEREAS, the impact of gateway pornography on a child's brain development is
             41      powerful and damaging; and
             42          WHEREAS, the citizens of Utah should consider the consequences of exposure to
             43      gateway pornography by children in our homes, communities, and across the state:
             44          NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah
             45      recognizes the strong negative impact of soft-core or gateway pornography on brain
             46      development in children.
             47          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature urges parents and concerned
             48      citizens to consider ways to mitigate the exposure of children to gateway pornography.
             49          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be sent to the Utah State
             50      Board of Education, the Utah Parent Teacher Association, the Utah Medical Association, and
             51      the Utah Department of Health.




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    as of 2-18-13 9:26 AM


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