“If banning abortion stops abortions, let’s ban guns and stop gun violence”

Josue Torres
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The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade has caused a number of reactions from Americans and people all over the world.

Many celebrated over the news, and many others were prompt to protest.

The decision comes a day after the same Supreme Court ruled that “Americans have a broad right to arm themselves in public.”

Many opposers are in disbelief about the Court's decision to take away such a basic healthcare need for millions of women, girls, and others who can become pregnant, while at the same time ensuring everyone in the country with the right to arm themselves in public — despite the current gun violence rates.

Jon Cooper, Former National Finance Chair of Draft Biden 2016 said:

“If banning abortion “stops abortions,” let’s ban guns and stop gun violence.”

For years, gun advocates have said that easy access to guns is not the reason for the high statistics of gun violence, putting the root of the problem on people’s mental health or even on ‘evil’.

Experts, on the other hand, have said that even though there could be many reasons for it, simply having “a gun in the house increases the risk of [violence].”

Many supporters of the Roe v. Wade overturn believe that banning abortions will stop women from getting them.

Reports, however, show the uncomfortable truth: abortion bans don’t lower abortion rates. What they do cause is lower safe abortions.

For every 1,000 women aged 15 to 44, there were 37 vs 34 abortions per year in the most and least restrictive nations, respectively, over the same time period.

According to research, restrictions in states like Ohio, Utah, Wisconsin, and Texas did not lead to better results and, in some circumstances, actually made things worse by causing women to wait longer to get an abortion, experience more side effects, pay higher prices and even get prosecuted.

Only 1% of abortions between 2010 and 2014 in nations with the fewest restrictions were the “least safe” type. That percentage rises to 31% in the most restricted nations.

Studies already predict abortion bans may lead to a 21% increase in pregnancy-related deaths in the U.S.

The decision that guarantees Americans the right to arm themselves in public also comes on the same day the FDA banned Juul e-cigarettes over “the potential harms from using [the products]”.

The ban responds to the FDA now reviewing the vaping sector more broadly as a result of years of pressure from public health organizations and lawmakers to regulate the market as severely as other tobacco products.

This pressure increased as vaping grew more popular among high school students.

Teens across the country went on to say they’re awed the country is focusing on this type of ban, while not implementing stronger gun regulations — something that is far more deadly and dangerous for children and young adults.

Roe v. Wade’s overturning has brought a sense of uncertainty to many who believe other rights could be taken away as the court may revisit all cases built on a similar legal footing.

“Yes, I accept the law of the land,” said associate justice of the Supreme Court Neil Gorsuch years ago when asked if he accepted the precedent set by Roe v. Wade.

He didn’t.

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