More States Require a Waiting Period to Have an Abortion Than to Own a Gun

A fascinating infographic at The Huffington Post shows that many states have longer waiting periods for abortions than firearm purchases:

In fact, 35 states require that women must undergo mandatory counseling so that they can be “informed” before going through with an abortion, and 26 of those states require an extra waiting period of 24 hours between counseling and the actual procedure. Meanwhile, 8 states have a required waiting period for various gun purchases, with waits ranging from 2-10 days.

While waiting periods for guns have been linked to a decrease in suicides, enforcing mandatory waiting periods for abortion increases emotional and financial hardship on women and have little to no effect on whether or not they decide to proceed.

This is what happens when politics and emotions override science and common sense.

About Lauren Lane

Lauren Lane is the co-founder of Skepticon, the Midwest's largest skeptic student-run conference and remains a lead organizer today. She has not one, but TWO fancy art degrees and is not afraid to use them.