- - Monday, May 23, 2016

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The first 10 amendments of U.S. Constitution codify rights of individual Americans. Those amendments (collectively referred to as the Bill of Rights) do not mention an explicit right to privacy. Nevertheless, the U.S. Supreme Court rationalized such a right and used it to justify it’s controversial 1973 decision about abortion (Roe v. Wade). Liberals have praised that decision for more than four decades, but they will probably regret the right to privacy it established when that right is used against them in court, as it surely will be.

It’s inevitable that conservative women or adolescent girls will claim that their right to privacy is jeopardized by government mandates or “advice” (like that recently issued by the Justice and Education departments to schools nationwide) about “transgenders.” How difficult will it be to convince a judge or panel of judges or a jury that those women and girls have reason to be at least apprehensive, if not fearful, every time they enter a restroom that’s legally accessible by men who, despite their male anatomy, believe or claim to believe they’re women? The answer to that question should be obvious to everybody: Not very.

PHIL EDMUNDS

Boalsburg, Pa.

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