Perspective on Civil Liberties

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Perspective on Civil Liberties Many people confuse the terms  civil liberties  and  civil rights  and use them  interchangeably, even though their definitions differ.  Civil liberties  are individual  freedoms and rights guaranteed to every citizen by the Bill of Rights and the due  process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. These rights include freedom of religion,  speech, and the press and the considerations given to defendants accused of crimes. In  recent years, such rights as privacy, abortion, and even death itself have come under  the heading of civil liberties.  Civil rights,  on the other hand, deal with the protection of  citizens against discrimination due to race, ethnicity, gender, or disability. These  protections come from the constitutional amendments following the Bill of Rights. 
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