Porn to be slapped with ‘warning label’ if Utah Bill succeeds

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A warning label proposed to be added to pornographic content would state in part that ‘exposing minors to pornography is known to the state of Utah to cause negative impacts.’

Sixteen states in the US have already dubbed digital porn a public health crisis, and now the state of Utah may be taking concrete action on this. If Republican Representative Brady Brammer gets his way, a warning label will be attached to any adult video, magazine, or publication.

The proposed Bill 243 reads as follows: Exposing minors to pornography is known to the state of Utah to cause negative impacts to brain development, emotional development, and the ability to maintain intimate relationships. Such exposure may lead to harmful and addictive sexual behavior, low self-esteem, and the improper objectification of and sexual violence towards others, among numerous other harms.

Brammer modeled his bill after California’s product label requirements and would instruct porn producers to post the warnings visibly – on videos, the warning would have to be present for a full fifteen seconds.

On magazines the warning would have to be easily visible. “A lot of people have seen California warnings on products about toxic substances. It would be enforced in the same way it enforces theirs,” Brammer stated.

Failure to display the warnings could invite prosecution by the Utah Attorney General’s Office and result in a fine of $2,500 per infraction. Because so many children stumble across pornography by accident—anti-porn speakers confirm that this is very, very common—these warnings could stop children from being immediately exposed to porn.

“A lot of people are clicking on something, they don’t want to see it, they like to have a little heads up before they see an image they really,… it’s not what they’re getting into,” Brammer noted.