Abortion Rights as Religious Freedom by Peter Wenz

By Peter Wenz

With the present composition of the preferrred court docket and up to date demanding situations to Roe v. Wade, Peter S. Wenz's new method of the moral, ethical, and criminal concerns relating to a woman's correct to optional abortion might flip the tide during this debate. He argues that the excellent court docket reached the best determination in Roe v. Wade yet for the incorrect purposes. Wenz contends woman's correct to terminate her being pregnant can be established, now not on her constitutional correct to privateness, yet at the constitutional warrantly of spiritual freedom, a foundation for freedom of selection that's not topic to the felony criticisms complicated opposed to Roe. a minimum of as much as the twentieth week of a being pregnant, one's trust no matter if a human fetus is a human individual or now not is a spiritual choice. He keeps that simply because questions about the ethical prestige of a fetus are non secular, it follows that anti-abortion laws, to the level that it's predicated on such "inherently spiritual beliefs," is unconstitutional. during this well timed and topical ebook, Wenz additionally examines comparable situations that take care of govt intervention in an individual's procreative existence, the rules of contraceptives, and different laws that's both utilized to or imposed upon choose teams of individuals (e.g., homosexuals, drug addicts). He builds a concrete argument that may exchange Roe v. Wade. writer word: Peter S. Wenz is Professor of Philosophy and felony stories at Sangamon kingdom collage.

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Wade" and "Tribe on Substantive Due Process"). In sum, according to Douglas, a right of privacy is implicit in the First, Third, Fourth, and Fifth amendments, and is provided for in the Ninth Amendment. Connecticut's law is unconstitutional because it violates this right. So the Griswold decision reinforces the view generalized from the Pierce decision that people have special rights regarding intrafamilial relationships. Harlan, in contrast, rejected the view that the Bill of Rights protects more than the rights explicitly mentioned therein.

Douglas deftly produces an implicit right of privacy from no fewer than four of the ten amendments that constitute the Bill of RightS. 17 Douglas finds an implicit endorsement of a right of privacy in the First Amendment's "right of the people peacefully to assemble," as this suggests that people have a right to private association with one another. " The Fourth Amendment's prohibition of "unreasonable searches and seizures" suggests a right of privacy in one's home, as the Fifth Amendment's guarantee against enforced self-incrimination suggests a right of privacy in one's dealings.

Antiabortion laws'" for example, "produce motherhood: they take diverse women with e~very variety of career, life-plan, and so on, and make mothers of them all. "36 According to Rubenfeld, such laws violate the constitutionallright of privacy because they "radically and affirmatively redirect women's lives. , but leave the individual otherwise free to develop as she sees fit. Such laws do not infringe the constitutional right of privacy. But laws that tend, like those in a totalitarian regime, to cause people's 34 Chapter 1 lives to be standardized and taken over by state objectives do infringe upon the right of privacy.

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