A Right to Privacy

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A Right to Privacy

By | August 2010
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Civil liberties are vital and valuable for the American society. The right of privacy is one of the most important rights that a person can have as an individual. The bill of Rights does not have an amendment that mentions a right to privacy, however “the first Congress had the concept of privacy in mind when it crafted the first 10 amendments” (Edwards, Wattenberg, & Lineberry, 2008, p. 131). “Today, one of the greatest debates concerning American’s civil liberties lies in the emerging area of privacy rights” (Edwards, Wattenberg, & Lineberry, 2008, p. 130). Abortion is a topic of controversy, and I decided to write about abortion because abortion is the perfect example to describe a civil liberty. As a couple has the right to family plan, they also have the right to whether have a baby or practice an abortion. Abortion means the interruption or termination of pregnancy. “The idea that the Constitution guarantees a right to privacy was first enunciated in a court case in 1965, in which a family violated a Connecticut law by disseminating a birth control device” (Edwards, Wattenberg, & Lineberry, 2008, p. 132 ). Pro-life believes in one of the most important American values, which is life and their opinion is that abortion should not happen because that means talking someone’s life. The Roe v. Wade believes in another important American value, which is liberty. The Roe v. Wade believes that women should have the choice to have an abortion during the first trimester; however abortion in the third trimester is ban “except when the mother’s life or health was in danger” (Edwards, Wattenberg, & Lineberry, 2008, p. 132). Public Funding for Abortion is a public policy named Hyde Amendment that was passed by Congress in 1976. “The Hyde Amendment excludes abortion from the comprehensive health care services provided by to look income” (Public Funding for Abortion, 2004, p. 1). The Hyde Amendment policy is approved by the Medicaid program by certainly...