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  •  Not because I say so (none)
    But because the very core of our social contract is freedom and liberty of self, of which medical autonomy could not be more fundamental.

    You ignorantly fail to grasp even the most basic concept behind our constitution and the principles behind it. That all rights are retained by the people. This includes wether and how I fuck my spouse, and what medical decisions I chose to make about my health and physiology.

    We cede back to the state only those rights we explicitly enumerate to the state in order to secure all those unenumerated rights.

    That you can't grasp that basic concept, is where you go catastrophically awry.

    And to think you are clerking for a judge?

    Amazing.

    Must be a member of the Federalist Society.

    cheers,

    Mitch Gore

    A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything.

    by Lestatdelc on Wed Jan 04, 2006 at 02:06:23 PM PST

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    •  OR the STATES (none)
      The rights are retained by the people OR the STATES.  I.e., states as political entities retain rights to legislate in areas where the feds don't.

      The Constitution did not enact libertarianism as a governing philosophy of the country.  And even if the rights are retained by the people, they are reatined by the people as a whole, not individual persons. So, if people as a whole wish to surrender those rights they can.

      •  yeah well people on a whole don't (none)
        want to surrender their rights.  not in the case of abortion.  the whole (or majority) of wingnut assholes maybe, but not the whole of society.
      •  Text of the 9th amendment (none)
        "The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people."

        The 10th goes on to state that "The powers not delegated to the United States (i.e the Feds) by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."

        The Ninth Amendment, particularly when taken in conjunction with The Tenth Amendment, emphasizes that the Bill of Rights is not a grant of rights from the government to the people, but a reminder that it merely enumerates some of the most important powers not granted to the government.

        If you don't get that, you don't get anything in the Constitution or Bill of Rights thereof.

        cheers,

        Mitch Gore

        A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything.

        by Lestatdelc on Wed Jan 04, 2006 at 05:05:37 PM PST

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