All Laws Legislate Morality

Andrew Tallman’s column on about government-run healthcare makes some great points:

When I argue that abortion under most circumstances should be illegal, I am charged with trying to legislate morality.

When I say divorce ought to be harder to obtain, not easier, I am accused of trying to legislate morality.

And when I say states should be free to make laws concerning adultery, homosexual behavior, contraception, or premarital sex, I am accused again of trying to legislate morality.

Yet when Barack Obama and the Democrats propose making it a crime to not carry health insurance, no one seems to notice that they are very aggressively trying to legislate morality.

So in the name of clarity and finality, I suggest we all admit one simple, obvious fact:

All laws legislate morality.

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