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Health Department Trolls Utah Lawmakers with Porn Vaccine Prank

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The Salt Lake County Health Department gently ribbed Utah legislators with an April Fool’s Day prank tweet touting a fake porn vaccine.

On its Twitter account on Saturday, the Health Department posted official-looking ads promoting a porn vaccine that “attacks porn-addicted cells” and promises “80% immunity against porn after first dose, 99.8% after the second.”

And just in case it wasn’t obvious, the department followed up with a notice that, yes, they were kidding:

There’s a porn crisis?

Last year, Utah lawmakers passed a resolution declaring pornography “a public health hazard.” Governor Gary Herbert backed the legislation, signing the resolution before “a packed room of applauding supporters and anti-pornography advocates,” Fox 13 writes.

The governor went on to assert that pornography is “a health crisis,” and “destructive to society as a whole.”

Earlier this year, the Tennessee House of Representatives passed a similar resolution. So did Virginia and South Dakota.

And on the campaign trail last August, Donald Trump, an unlikely champion of sexual purity, signed a pledge promising to safeguard America from the menace of internet pornography.

It sounds a little extreme, but this is an official part of the Republican Party’s platform. Last year, the party adopted an amendment stating:

Pornography, with his harmful effects, especially on children, has become a public health crisis that is destroying the life of millions. We encourage states to continue to fight this public menace and pledge our commitment to children’s safety and well-being.

In terms of public health issues, porn seems like kind of a low priority. What about the millions of Americans who still don’t have access to affordable healthcare? The opioid crisis? America’s declining life expectancy?

What will Republicans do about the crisis?

We doubt the GOP will try to create a porn vaccine like the one in the Salt Lake County Health Department’s April Fool’s tweet. But in South Carolina, Republicans filed a bill to force people who sell electronic devices to include porn blocking software or pay a fee. And since Trump sold out internet privacy, things don’t look good for his alt-right hentai-loving supporters.