By Maggie McNeill | Reason
In the life of any person who regards herself as principled, there come times when those principles seem to conflict with one’s goals; at that point, one is forced to decide whether the principles supersede the goals or the ends justify the means.
I was recently faced with such a conflict. There’s a study which seems to support the goal of decriminalizing prostitution that is making the rounds in the media and being quoted by everyone, his brother, and his maiden aunt. Unfortunately, that study — which links decriminalization in Rhode Island with falling rates of rape and sexually transmitted infections — is deeply flawed in a number of ways, and honesty demands that I not only refrain from promoting it but explain to others why they shouldn’t either.