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The Ninth Amendment

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The Constitution and its amendments cover pratically ever imaginable person right. But just in case one was overlooked, the forefathers covered themselves with the Ninth Amendment.

In this somewhat obscure and largely overlooked amendment the freamers of the constitution said just because we didn't mention a particular right doesn't mean you don't have it. And they left all unenumerated rights to individuals and their state governments.

"A lot of people said these are a good start, but things are going to happen over the next 50, 60, 100 years and we want some broad discretion to be able to add more rights for citizens of the states," explained Dr. Richard Pacelle, GSU political science department head. "I think that's what got the constitution accepted. Because it was going to have trouble with just the first eight amendments. But the ninth amendment has turned out not to have had any impact at all."

The personal right stipulated by the ninth amendment were cited in the Roe vs. Wade decision in 1973 that made all state laws banning abortion illegal.

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