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J.D. Vance On Porn: Ban It To Save Families

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Going beyond even the GOP’s own platform, Republican Senate candidate J.D. Vance told a Catholic magazine last 12 months that pornography needs to be banned since it’s stopping Americans from getting married and starting families.

“I feel the mixture of porn, abortion have principally created a lonely, isolated generation that isn’t getting married, they’re not having families, and so they’re actually not even totally sure easy methods to interact with one another,” Vance said in a newly unearthed interview with Crisis Magazine from August 2021.

The author spoke with Vance at a gathering for young conservatives where Vance was a keynote speaker. She wrote that after asking him “his thoughts on porn and contraception and their effects on familial decline, Vance admitted he desires to outright ban pornography.”

Vance’s campaign didn’t provide a comment about his more moderen thoughts on porn, and the way they’d factor into his priorities as a senator.

In 2016, the GOP, in its own official platform, declared porn “a public health crisis,” but stopped wanting calling for it to be outlawed completely.

Vance, who wrote in his memoir about witnessing firsthand poverty and addiction and their impact on families in Ohio, has made conserving “traditional families” and ending abortion foremost planks of his conservative platform.

J.D. Vance said that American values are declining as a consequence of the consumption of pornography.

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In his statement on the Uvalde school shooting, Vance cited the absence of strong family values — and never the dearth of gun control — to clarify why a gunman would murder 19 children and two teachers.

“We want to handle the culture of fatherlessness and drug addiction in our country, give attention to the importance of family in order that our next generation is guided and empowered with strong support systems,” Vance said.

The “Hillbilly Elegy” creator’s attitude on porn could also be a throwback to the social conservatism that defined the Seventies with President Richard Nixon’s “War on Porn.” Those in favor of restricting access to porn now cite the nation’s declining birth rate, the potential to advertise sex trafficking and the “common good.”

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), who endorsed Vance, hasn’t explicitly called for a porn ban. But eventually 12 months’s National Conservative Conference, Hawley argued that porn and masturbation were making a national crisis for men.

“Can we be surprised that after years of being told they’re the issue, that their manhood is the issue, increasingly more men are withdrawing into the enclave of idleness and pornography and video games,” Hawley said.

Porn regulation is a thorny subject for conservatives and libertarians, who’re torn on whether tamping it down would undermine individual freedoms.

Vance appeared to get at that in the course of the same conservative gathering where Hawley made headlines lamenting the decline of men. Americans are getting married less incessantly and having fewer children, he said, “and we all know that a minimum of one explanation for that is that we have now allowed, under the banner of libertarianism, pornography to seep even into our youngest minds through the channels of the web.”

“Again, we made a political selection that the liberty to eat pornography was more necessary than the general public goods, like marriage and family and happiness,” he continued. “We are able to’t ignore the proven fact that we made that selection and we shouldn’t draw back from the proven fact that we are able to make recent decisions in the long run.”

Last 12 months, Vance said the country was run by left-leaning “childless cat ladies,” a swipe at Vice President Kamala Harris, who’s a stepmother, and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, who has since adopted twins along with his husband.

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