A Republican lawmaker in Arizona worries about the proliferation of online erotic images and videos and their "toxic" effect on human behavior, has introduced a bill stating that pornography is a crisis of public health.

The bill, first introduced by the state's representative, Michelle Udall, was passed Thursday by the Health and Social Services Committee of the Arizona House, the first major hurdle to a possible full vote, said Central AZ.

The bill has no legal consequences but indicates that pornography "perpetuates a sexually toxic environment that damages all areas of our society".

"Like the tobacco industry, The porn industry has created a public health crisis, "Udall told lawmakers last week. "Pornography is used in an invading way, even by minors."

The Udall bill states that minors exposed to pornographic sites may develop "low self-esteem, eating disorders, and an increase in problematic sexual activity at ages past." younger".

The bill says that scientific research has shown that pornography is biologically addictive.

"Potential adverse effects on pornography users include toxic sexual behavior, emotional, mental and medical conditions and the difficulty of creating or maintaining intimate relationships," the measure said.

The bill also states that excessive surveillance of pornography can alter human behavior, which can result in extreme or violent sexual acts.

It "normalizes violence and abuse against women and children by treating them as objects, increasing the demand for sex trafficking, prostitution and child pornography," reads the bill.

Opponents of Udall agree that too much porn is bad for humans. However, they point out that the bill fails the underlying problem.

"If we really want to look at this issue, we should start with education.It is embarrassing to note that we are one of the states where sex education is not medically accurate. In their testimony, they tried to impute everything to pornography, "said the Democratic representative. Pamela Powers Hannley, who sponsors a different bill, HB2577, which focuses on medically accurate sex education.

"I do not disagree with that the bill needs more teeth"said Representative Jay Lawrence, R-Scottsdale, who voted for the bill, according to the Republic of Arizona." It's our goal. "

The bill is being prepared for a vote in the House of Representatives, by a majority of GOPs in Arizona. Similar bills are presented in eleven states stating that pornography is a public health crisis.