What this country almost certainly doesn’t need right now is more laws and regulations; but it doesn’t necessarily need fewer laws and regulations, either. What we appear to need above all else is a deeper — and that’s not saying much — understanding of the purposes for which a civilized society passes laws and enacts regulations. We need, in essence, moral instruction.
Eeek! “Moral instruction”? “Right” and “wrong”? By whose lights, whose standards? The contraception debate — to the extent you call it a debate instead of a shouting match — brings to mind these fundamental, yet generally skirted, issues. In 21st-century America, right and wrong are matters we hand over to the big guns in politics and — alas — the chattering profession, my own profession: the media. He who makes the loudest noises and wins the most elections gets to cram his views down the public’s throat.