An Ohio lawmaker has drafted a new resolution that could declare pornography a public health hazard. House Resolution 180 also links viewing pornography to violence against women. 

In an interview with CBN News, the measure’s sponsor, Rep. Jena Powell, said, “We have hundreds of studies that show the correlation between pornography and its negative effects on men, and its leading to the abuse of women – 88% of pornography shows violence towards women, and of that 88%, 95% of it shows a positive or neutral reaction from women. It’s increasing a culture of violence.”

The measure will not restrict pornography or legislate it. However, it seeks to officially document the harm that pornography poses to society.

It reads, in part, “Studies have shown that there is a correlation between men viewing pornography and an increased rate of interest in rape,” and “Pornography provides sexualized depictions of violence towards women and children, which correlates with an increased demand for sex trafficking, prostitution, child sexual abuse images, and child pornography.”

As CBN News notes, Ohio now ranks 4th in human trafficking out of all states.