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“ Is it moral to smoke or sell cigarettes? No, because of the aggregate damage it produces. However, it is moral for one to guarantee a person’s autonomy, which allows them to buy and sell cigarettes.”

Is it moral to rape people? No, because of the damage it produces. However, it is moral for one to guarantee a person’s autonomy, which allows them to rape.

Is it moral to murder people? No, because of the damage it produces. However, it is moral for one to guarantee a person’s autonomy, which allows them to murder.

You can’t override the moral status of something by claiming freedom. That’s like people who justify pornography with free speech, the last refuge of people who have no arguments. “Autonomy” and “freedom” do not mean “you can do whatever you want regardless of how it hurts others.”

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