Privacy as a Constitutional Right: Sex, Drugs, and the Right to Life

Synopsis

The United States Supreme Court is on the verge of overturning Roe v. Wade. When it does, that decision may be as important as the Dred Scott decision a century and a half ago. During the confirmation hearings for Clarence Thomas the focus was on the constitutional right to privacy and abortion. No legal concept has been more controversial and has had such a significant impact on the lives of millions of Americans. This book provides an understandable overview of the Supreme Court decisions concerned with privacy issues such as sex, drugs, abortion, and the right to die. The legal evolution of the constitutional right to privacy is explored with every significant Supreme Court decision explained along the way. This book begins with an overview of the legal history that has led to the development of a constitutional right to privacy. The relationship between morality and law, from the Hittites to the Puritans, is presented, as is the impact of the ideas of philosophers such as Locke, Montesquieu, Rousseau, and Mill, along with an overview of the concepts of Natural Law and Natural Rights. The development of the right to privacy in American Common law is presented, and the important Supreme Court decisions on privacy from Griswold to Roe v. Wade are discussed in detail.

Additional information

Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 1992