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J.D. Vance Has Called for a Total Ban on Porn

Hillbilly Elegy author and Republican Senate candidate J.D. Vance called for a total ban on pornography, saying Americans aren’t getting married and starting families because of their porn intake.

“I think the combination of porn, abortion have basically created a lonely, isolated generation that isn’t getting married, they’re not having families, and they’re actually not even totally sure how to interact with each other,” Vance told the Catholic outlet Crisis Magazine in 2021, which was recently unearthed by HuffPo. The writer says Vance told her “he wants to outright ban pornography.”

This effort goes beyond the official GOP platform, which calls pornography a “public health crisis” but does not call for a ban.

Vance attracted attention for Hillbilly Elegy, his memoir about growing up in rural Appalachia and witnessing the toll poverty and drug addiction took on his family and community. After Ron Howard adapted the book into a movie, Vance pivoted to politics with the help of tech entrepreneur Peter Thiel and has become a hero of the so-called “New Right.” His bid for Senate has centered on restoring “traditional families.”

In a recent statement on the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, that claimed the lives of 19 children and two teachers, Vance called for a return to family values as a way to address gun violence. “We need to address the culture of fatherlessness and drug addiction in our country, focus on the importance of family so that our next generation is guided and empowered with strong support systems,” Vance said.

A pornography ban would be Constitutionally dicey, since the Supreme Court has ruled that most porn is protected under the First Amendment. Efforts to restrict or strictly regulate access to pornography have divided conservatives, who are split on whether or not such legislation would violate personal freedom.

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In a speech at a conference for Conservatives, Vance alluded to the declining birth rate among Americans, saying that “we know that at least one cause of this is that we have allowed, under the banner of libertarianism, pornography to seep even into our youngest minds through the channels of the internet.”

He seemed to disparage the proliferation of porn under the “banner of libertarianism,” and urged for “new choices.”

“We made a political choice that the freedom to consume pornography was more important than the public goods, like marriage and family and happiness,” he said. “We can’t ignore the fact that we made that choice and we shouldn’t shy away from the fact that we can make new choices in the future.”

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