Congressional Republicans introduce nationwide 'Stop the Sexualization of Children Act'

Bill would restrict federal funding from programs that provide sexual material to children.

Published: October 20, 2022 11:02am

Updated: October 20, 2022 11:12am

Congressional Republicans this week introduced a national measure to restrict federal funding from educational programs that provide children with sexually explicit material. 

The measure, introduced by Louisiana Rep. Mike Johnson and titled the "Stop the Sexualization of Children Act," would order that "no federal funds may be made available to develop, implement, facilitate, or fund any sexually-oriented program, event, or literature for children under the age of 10."

The law would extend that prohibition to any efforts toward "hosting or promoting any program, event, or literature involving sexually-oriented material, or any program, event, or literature that exposes children under the age of 10 to nude adults, individuals who are stripping, or lewd or lascivious dancing."

The measure defines "sexually-oriented" material as "any depiction, description, or simulation of sexual activity, any lewd or lascivious depiction or description of human genitals, or any topic involving gender identity, gender dysphoria, transgenderism, sexual orientation, or related subjects."

Johnson in a press release on his website argued that "the Democrat Party and their cultural allies are on a misguided crusade to immerse young children in sexual imagery and radical gender ideology."

“This commonsense bill is straightforward," he said. "No federal tax dollars should go to any federal, state, or local government agencies, or private organizations that intentionally expose children under 10 years of age to sexually explicit material.”

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