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Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Representatives meet during the final day of legislature at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City Thursday, March 14, 2013.

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah lawmakers voted Thursday to recognize that certain adult images play a detrimental role in the development of a child's brain.

"You'll know it when you see it," said SJR15 co-sponsor Rep. Curt Oda, R-Clearfield. "Hopefully parents take heed. There is science behind this."

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The resolution, accepted by both the House of Representatives and the Senate, aims to educate parents, teachers, caregivers and others about the harmful effects of "soft-core or gateway pornography" on a child's brain. It encourages the public to think of ways to mitigate unwanted exposure to potentially offensive images of the human body in advertising and the media.

Several cities, Oda said, have made rules for supermarkets to shield the covers of magazines, for example.

"Where there's a will, there's a way," he said.

Wendy Leonard

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