Does a Right to Privacy Exist in the US Constitution?

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Does a Right to Privacy Exist in the US Constitution?

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  2. No

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  3. It was found by ultra liberal activist Judges

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    It's a very simple question based on your wording in the OP.

    Do you have to be able to point to a right in the Constitution for it to be held by people?


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    Your poll says 85.7%. Don't you read gud? Ha.
     
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    The Constitution lists several very specific privacy rights, but there is not, in fact, a generalized right to privacy. One very good reason would be that criminals usually attempt to commit their crimes in private.
     
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    No, as a matter of fact, you don't. See the 9th and 10th Amendments. US society has always generally held that people have a right to do as they please, within limits that must be carefully and specifically delineated by law.

    However, since the Bill of Rights is not about granting rights, but about restricting the government's infringement upon them, this means there is no particular bar to government infringement on personal privacy beyond the specific instances enumerated in the Constitution.

    I can say that the government cannot enter and search my apartment without a warrant, because it violates the 4th Amendment restrictions on government search and seizure. But I cannot honestly say that the government cannot restrict how and when I can have an abortion - should I mysteriously wish to do such a loathsome thing - and cite a specific point at which the Constitution enumerates a restriction on the government's ability to do so.
     
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    Do you think this is a straw man contest?
     
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    How is asking you a question based on your request to "point to it" in the Constitution a strawman question. I quoted your OP.

    I'll be happy to answer my own question. Answer: Under the IX Amendment not all rights must be enumerated in the Constitution to be held by people.

    See how easy that was. A reading of the text of the Constitution itself notes that not all rights are enumerated.


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    " Incompetent Buffoonery At Large "

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    That is hilarious .

    How so , other than you appear to lack an intellectual capacity to understand even the simplest of conclusions ?

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    How?

    asking a question that has an obvious answer?
     
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    you posses a very troubled mind. have you ever thought of becoming a blues musician?
     
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    And yet the person asking to point to a right being enumerated in the Constitution and who refuses to unequivocal state that all right need not be enumerated - even after requesting people to point out a right in the Constitution - also provides an obvious answer.


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