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It is not the function of the law to enforce the whole of morality

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Reasons to agree

  1. There is no such thing as a uniformly agreed upon morality.

Reasons to disagree

  1. This quote doesn't make sense in context. Taken in context it says: "Abortion may be sinful or immoral, but it is not the function of the law to enforce the whole of morality." It is the function of the law to enforce those aspects of morality that each society finds extreme amounts of agreement, and that result in harm to others... That is the exact function of the law... Norval Morris makes a straw man argument by setting an impossibly high goal of enforcing "the whole of morality": there is no such thing as the whole of morality that we all agree upon. But if a society all agrees that something is immoral, and that it harms that societies members, then those are exactly the kind of laws that that society should pass. Otherwise what kind of laws should we pass? Should we only outlaw moral activities that help people?


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