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Unformatted text preview: DICINE, 1987, p. 198-199. The Supreme Court's privacy jurisprudence provides a rich body of precedental support for a woman's right of procreative freedom. We marshalled the cases in defense of our contention that the right of personal privacy stands against state domination in matters of value and conscience, and self-determination regarding ways and walks of life. By its force, government's hand is stayed from the diverse choices by which persons define their values, form and maintain communities of belief and practice, and bring up children whose lives in turn will be their own, and not the state's. We argued that these elementary privacy concepts logically and historically, included decisions regarding procreation and family formation. These decisions, along with those about child-rearing, lie at the core of those from which a non-totalitarian government must ordinarily be excluded. Far from representing a departure from existing privacy doctrine, freedom of procreative choice is an indispensable aspect of people's control over their own destinies guaranteed by the right of privacy. SLHS Value File PRIVACY RIGHTS ARE THE ROOT OF DEMOCRACY TRISTRAM ENGELHARDT, JR., Jr. Professor of Medicin at Baylor college of Medicin, Professor of Philosophy at Rice University, and Member of the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the Baylor College of Medicine, NEW YORK: OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS, Privacy and Limited Democracy, 1996. Our limited secular moral knowledge has implications for government's claim of authority to intrude on our consensual acts and to observe and monitor these acts without our consent. After some two-and-a-half millennia of moral philosophy, we have failed to establish criteria for discerning when someone truly possesses knowledge of the good, the right, the just, and the virtuous. It is not just that the world de facto lacks a universal, canonical moral narrative there are in addition good reasons to hold that such a narrative can never be established in general secular terms. A...
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