The Right to Privacy

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The Right to Privacy by Smith, Janet E.; Bork, Robert H., 9780935372519
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  • ISBN: 9780935372519 | 0935372512
  • Cover: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 8/1/2008

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"It is to this genre of the indecipherable and the incoherent that the right to privacy belongs. No one can say, in advance of a Court ruling, what the right includes. Many acts done in private are nevertheless punishable by law, but we are not told what private behavior falls into the protected category and what does not, nor is there any hint of the criteria that define the area of guaranteed privacy."

Janet E. Smith, the well-known philosophy professor and writer, presents a critical look at the meaning of the "right to privacy" that has been so often employed by the Supreme Court in recent times to justify the creation of rights not found in the Constitution by any traditional method of interpreting a legal document. Smith demonstrates how such inventions have led to the legal protection of abortion, assisted suicide, homosexual acts, and more.

As Robert H. Bork says in the Foreword, if this so-called right to privacy "were taken seriously, which is manifestly impossible, most if not all laws regulating individual behavior would be unconstitutional."

The Right to Privacy is an essential primer for any serious study of the current issues surrounding what Pope John Paul II called the Culture of Death, both here in the United States as well as internationally.

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