map of waiting periods for guns and abortions

Map of the Day: Fewer waiting periods for guns than for abortions

In many states, it takes longer to get a abortion than to get a gun. Via the Huffington Post:

map of waiting periods for guns and abortions

It’s worth noting that, too, that waiting periods don’t actually change people’s minds about getting an abortion, but do cause unwarranted financial and emotional stress. Waiting periods for guns, on the other hand, have been linked to a drop in gun suicides. Cool priorities.

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Maya Dusenbery is an Executive Director in charge of Editorial at Feministing. Maya has previously worked at NARAL Pro-Choice New York and the National Institute for Reproductive Health and was a fellow at Mother Jones magazine. She graduated with a B.A. from Carleton College in 2008. A Minnesota native, she currently lives, writes, edits, and bakes bread in Atlanta, Georgia.

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  • Anjana Sreedhar

    I think what people don’t realize is that in most cases, women have thought long and hard about whether they want an abortion. It’s an extremely huge step with health implications for the expectant mother; why else would she take it? The waiting periods are almost as bad as the forced ultrasounds voted on by multiple state legislatures. :(

    Thanks for the comparison and great article!