Actually, the concept precedes the Constituion, in a little document
called the Declaration of Independence:
"Life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness ... " embodied therein by any
On Sat, 15 Oct 2011 17:30:15 +0000 (UTC), Larry Blanchard
You need a civics lesson. The Constitution does not enumerate individual
rights, rather limits government's power.
"The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution,
nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States
respectively, or to the people."
If it's *NOT* there, it's the people's.
The Constitution enumerates and limits government power, not individual
rights. That's what the Bill of Rights says, specifically the 9th and
10th Amendments. Construing the Bill of Rights, the Supremes have
repeatedly held that procreation is a fundamental right.
Here's a very few, just to get you started.
Skinner v. Oklahoma, 316 U.S. 535 (1942)
Griswold v. Connecticut, 381 U.S. 479 (1965)
Eisenstadt v. Baird, 405 U.S. 438 (1972)
Carey v. Population Services Int'l, 431 U.S. 678 (1977)
From Eisenstadt, at pg. 453:
"If the right of privacy means anything, it is the right of the
individual, married or single, to be free from unwarranted government
intrusion into matters so fundamentally affecting a person as the
decision whether to bear or beget a child."
From Carey, at pg. 687:
"The teaching of Griswold is that the Constitution protects individual
decisions in matters of childbearing from unjustified intrusion by the
The Supreme Court seems to think that individuals can decide to not
procreate, and the government can in certain circumstances decide for
individuals that they may not procreate. So one is clearly entitled to
make individual decisions in the matter of not procreating. There is no
reason to believe that one is equally entitled the other way.
1. Is there any evidence of this, or are you just repeating gossip?
2. If it happened, it would be completely irrelevant to the proposition
that people have a right to make decisions about procreation. At most,
it would show that someone in some prison system violated someone's
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