Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Constitutional right to privacy comments...

Roberts Says U.S. Constitution Covers Privacy Rights (Update3)

Sept. 13 (Bloomberg) -- John Roberts, the nominee to be U.S. chief justice, told a Senate panel that the Constitution contains a right to privacy, disavowing comments he made as a Reagan administration lawyer in the 1980s.

``The right to privacy is protected under the Constitution in various ways,'' Roberts, 50, said in answer to a question from Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter in Washington.

The Supreme Court has recognized a constitutional right to privacy guaranteeing access to abortion and contraceptives as well as the freedom to marry and procreate. Roberts's views on the subject had been in question, in part because of the language he used in a 1981 Justice Department memo, referring to the ``so- called `right to privacy.'''

I still want to know what other prominent scholars on the constitution have to say about it.


At 10:34 AM, Blogger Tyler Farrer said...

Although, not a prominent scholar myself, I'm so disappointed.

At 1:52 PM, Blogger Nathan said...

It's too bad that the "right to privacy" has come to be so closely associated with things like abortion.

When you consider Constitutional amendments regarding improper search and seizure and incriminating oneself, I am grateful that the government cannot invade our privacy on a whim. Only when we break the law (or when the government has sufficient evidence to think that we have) can the government step in... and this is how it should be.


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