Friday, May 25, 2007

Government Role in Regulating Morality - U.S. and Mexico

I'm interested in a comment from a good friend and colleague here in Guadalajara regarding the current abortion controversy in Mexico. (Mexico City has recently moved to legalize some abortions - a big step in this country that's estimated to be 90% Catholic).

Anyway, she said, "We're really upset here - we look north and see the United States beginning to regulate moral values more, and Mexico seems to be doing so less, and we think the U.S. is heading the right direction and we're going wrong."

I have great respect for my friend, but I couldn't disagree more. It's not government's job or role to regulate morality - each individual's human dignity must be respected, and that includes allowing that person to make these sorts of decisions for him or herself.