The US Constitution on Privacy Rights

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I. Introduction The U.S. constitution contains no expression of valued rights in considering privacy. Therefore, the Supreme Court has adopted a rather narrow interpretation of the Fourteenth Amendment specifically in regards to the term liberty, as established in the due process clause . Earlier Supreme Court decisions were not concerned with how states constituted their residents. Thus, any state, at this time, was at the liberty to deprive its residents of their first amendment, freedom of speech, religion, and press. However, this is much leniency and room for interpretation in the Due Process Clause, because it may be stretched to constitute not only at federal level but the state level. Reinterpretation under the 14th amendment…show more content…
Basically, a state choosing to regulate health services, such as contraceptives, by prohibiting the uses and deem them as crimes, if used, rather than focusing on the sales and manufacturing, is clearly an unfavorable effect towards a marital relationship. III. The Right to Abortion The Griswold v. Connecticut is greatly remarkable and struck controversy in the hearts of many. Thus, in relation to the Griswold v. Connecticut case is yet another controversial case decided seven years later, Roe v. Wade (1973). This case serves as a landmark case involving the issue of privacy under the due process clause, however consisted of moderately different facts compared to the Griswold v. Connecticut case, in that a pregnant woman brought to Court, in the state of Texas, the proscribing dispute to terminate a pregnancy, which under Texas law abortion subsisted as a criminal statute. The rather surprising aspect of this case was the Courts ruled it as constitutional. The Supreme Court ruled, in a 7-2 vote, that the rights of a woman to decide whether or not to become a mother is a right to privacy, which is protected under the Fourteenth Amendment. Individual freedom is crucial in this case in that a mother should have the decision to abort a pregnancy. In the majority opinion, provided by Justice
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