Bill Haslam on Families & Children
Declare pornography a public health crisis
The governor of Tennessee, Bill Haslam, officially signed the joint resolution declaring pornography as a "public health crisis" in the state. Tennessee is the fourth state to officially recognize pornography as a public health crisis, following the
examples of UT, SD, and AR.
Pornography is linked to numerous public health harms, including:
Source: EndSexualExploitation.org on 2018 Tennessee Governor race
, Jun 21, 2017
- Pornography Is Linked to Increased Sexual Violence: the consumption of pornography was significantly associated with increases in verbal and physical
aggression, among males and females alike.
- Pornography Use Shrinks Brain: increased pornography use is linked to decreased brain matter in the areas of motivation and decision-making, impaired impulse control, and desensitization to sexual reward.
Leads to Pornography-Induced Erectile Dysfunction (PIED): pornography use was linked to higher sexual desire, but lower overall sexual satisfaction, and lower erectile function.
Response speed exceeds standard for Child Abuse Hotline
There are a lot of things that state government is responsible for and that we're accomplishing that you may not know about. For example:
Source: State of the State address to 2015 Tennessee Legislature
, Feb 9, 2015
- Our Department of Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities' state service delivery system is the very
first to be accredited in the nation.
- In the Department of Children's Services, the Child Abuse Hotline took 140,000 calls and 80 percent of those calls were answered within 20 seconds, which exceeds national standards.
We are all concerned about prescription drug abuse in our state, and from the work of our Public Safety Subcabinet and legislation you've passed, the amount of narcotic pain medication prescribed in Tennessee is down five percent.
And, doctor shopping is down 42 percent from its peak in 2011.
Support services to 100% of former foster youth
Due to the work of our Department of Children's Services, we're the first state in the nation to make support services available to
100 percent of our former foster youth as they transition to adulthood.
Source: 2014 State of the State address to Tennessee legislature
, Feb 3, 2014
Abstinence-only education in K-12 schools
Excerpts from SB 3310 legislative records:
- The ideal family life education program provides age-appropriate sex education beginning in kindergarten and continuing through the 12th grade.
- A family life curriculum shall exclusively
and emphatically promote sexual risk avoidance through abstinence, regardless of a student's current or prior sexual experience
- Teach the positive results of avoiding sexual activity, the skills needed to make healthy decisions, and the social science
research supporting the benefits of reserving the expression of human sexual activity for marriage
- Instruction of the family life curriculum shall not promote, implicitly or explicitly, any gateway sexual activity or health message that encourages
students to experiment with non-coital sexual activity; nor distribute contraception on school property.
Status:Bill passed Senate, 31-1-0; passed House 68-23-0; signed by Governor, May 10, 2012.
Source: Tennessee legislature voting records: SB 3310
, May 10, 2012
Page last updated: Mar 09, 2019