On Monday, January 22, 1973, the Supreme Court of the United states issued what could be argued was its most controversial ruling, Roe v Wade. In the ensuing years, most Americans have gone deaf from the volume the the arguments over the moral implications of the ruling.
On the first live broadcast of Constitution Thursday since September 20, 2013, we take a look at the ruling and the process by which the Court decided that a right to privacy exists between a citizen and their physician.
Upon further review, did the Court “get it right,” at least as far as the privacy rights are concerned? And if they did, how far should that/those right/s extend?
It’s Constitution Thursday, LIVE on the Podcast 99 Network!
The 14th Amendment and Gay Marriage Bans
Link: Congressman John Bingham speech, “One Country, One Constitution and One People” in favor of the 14th Amendment.
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a… trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law….6th Amendment
In Yuba City, a Sikh man is told that he cannot serve as a juror as long as he refuses to remove his kirpan, a symbol of deep meaning and religious devotion to baptized Sikhs. This raises the question: Is there a “right” to serve on a Jury?” Does the need for public safety outweigh religious freedom? And what does it teach us about the jury system?