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Kansas Senate Declares Porn A Public Health Crisis Using 'Facts' Debunked By Scientists

Kansas Senate Declares Porn A Public Health Crisis Using 'Facts' Debunked By Scientists
3 months ago

Kansas is seeing some serious health issues affecting its people. There are hundreds of thousands of people - many of whom are children - currently without access to affordable health care. The state's "projected heart disease cases in 2030" has skyrocketed from less than 200,000 in 2010  to over 700,000 right now. Transmission of STD's is increasing. Obesity is increasing. Diabetes is increasing. Hypertension is increasing. 

Clearly something is happening in Kansas and their government needs to do something about it. So you can imagine why people are frustrated that they opted to tackle something else, instead. Porn. 

With public health in legitimate trouble, Kansas Senate chose not to act on any of the above issues. Instead, they decided to declare pornography a public health crisis, citing "facts" that have been debunked for years. The scientific papers used to support the decision were also used in Utah to make a similar claim. Problem: One of the documents used came from a known anti-pornography group, so it's clearly biased. The other contains no actual science. The scientist who wrote that document has spoken out repeatedly saying his paper was never meant to be used. Not only that - IT'S NOT EVEN VALID. The paper was a review of existing literature, not an actual study. It was speculation, not science, and everyone knew it. It even states that it's a review of what people think and that actual scientific studies done didn't support it. 

The people of Kansas don't exactly seem shocked, but they certainly seem annoyed; particularly since this isn't the first time.

Huffington Post editor, Andy Campbell, has been following the story for a while. Check out what he has to say about it. 

We will keep you updated as the story develops, but based on the fact that this has happened before (and so recently), we don't expect any major updates any time soon. 


H/T: Twitter, Huffington Post