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  •  I strongly disagree with your conflation of (2+ / 0-)
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    tsk, BlueinLouisville

    morality and legality. (No disagreement on pro-choice, however.) I think most uses of pornography and cocaine are morally wrong, but I don't think either one should be illegal. Ditto guns; and regardless of what we think about particular cases there's no reason to believe that just because x is wrong x should be illegal. One might think for example that certain matters are deontologically inappropriate for government regulation (the right loves this kind of argument, but that doesn't mean it's never valid; I am very tempted to make this sort of argument myself when it comes to speech and symbolic expression). Likewise, even if an action of type x is always morally wrong, it still may not be consequentialistically correct to legislate against it if the harm done by passing and enforcing such legislation is greater than the harm done by people doing x on their own.

    All these things are case by case. I just don't think it's right to say that because a person is pro-life they must be a hypocrite if they think abortions should be legal anyway. They might think, for example, "people will get them anyway, and it's better to have it legal with counseling and health care available than to have it illegal and go back to the days of wire hangers in back alleys." Or they might think it's none of the government's business to regulate women's health, or that separation of church and state precludes interfering with abortion rights prior to fetal viability, or all sorts of things.

    There are a lot of hypocrites in this world, but I think the argument of the post is too simple.

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