People know the first amendment and they know the second, but ask someone if they know the third and you will get a blank stare. No one knows the third amendment because they feel it is immaterial to our way of life now.However, what you may not know is that one little amendment changed the world. It was part of that “penumbra of privacy” that gave us Roe w. Wade. So what is the Third amendment?
No soldier shall, in time, of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the owner, nor in time, of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.
If you look at it plainly, it just says a soldier cannot take over your house, which was a problem during the Revolutionary days. However, that doesn’t happen today so why should we care? Because that “penumbra of privacy” didn’t start with Roe v. Wade, it started with the one who got the whole ball rolling: “The Supreme Court has never had occasion to decide a case based solely on the Third Amendment, though the Court has cited its protections against the quartering of soldiers as a basis for the constitutional right to privacy (Griswold v. Connecticut, 381 U.S. 479, 85 S. Ct. 1678, 14 L. Ed. 2d 510 ). Third Amendment
So what is Griswold vs. Connecticut? This is from the case brief of Griswold vs. Connecticut: Appellants, the Executive Director of the Planned Parenthood League of Connecticut [always comes back to these monsters doesn’t it?], and its medical director, a licensed physician, were convicted as accessories for giving married persons information and medical advice on how to prevent conception and, following examination, prescribing a contraceptive device or material for the wife’s use.
Griswold was a “test case.” That means they deliberately broke the law in order to get the law changed. No one had really suffered any damages on either side, which is usually a requirement to bring any case before any court. This was the case that ended what was known as the Comstock Act. The Comstock Act were laws that forbidden birth control and even the publication of it. Margaret Sanger actually went to jail because of the Comstock Act.
Several states, including New York, banned The Woman Rebel for its controversial advocacy of birth control. In 1914, Sanger was arrested for violating postal obscenity laws under the 1873 Comstock Act, which had made it illegal to send “obscene, lewd, or lascivious” printed material through the US mail. Harvard Of course, the Comstock Act just didn’t include printed material but “medical devices” as well.
“A devout Christian, he [Anthony Comstock] was appalled by what he saw in the city’s streets. It seemed to him that the town was teeming with prostitutes and pornography. In the late 1860s, Comstock began supplying the police with information for raids on sex trade merchants and came to prominence with his anti-obscenity crusade. Also offended by explicit advertisements for birth control devices, he soon identified the contraceptive industry as one of his targets. Comstock was certain that the availability of contraceptives alone promoted lust and lewdness.” Comstock
The article continues: “In 1872 Comstock set off for Washington with an anti-obscenity bill, including a ban on contraceptives, that he had drafted himself. On March 3, 1873, Congress passed the new law, later known as the Comstock Act. The statute defined contraceptives as obscene and illicit, making it a federal offense to disseminate birth control through the mail or across state lines.” (ibid)
Without Griswold vs. Connecticut, there could be no Roe v. Wade or Doe v. Bolton. Here is an excerpt from the opinion of Roe v. Wade: ” Appellant would discover this right in the concept of personal “liberty” embodied in the Fourteenth Amendment’s Due Process Clause; or in personal, marital, familial, and sexual privacy said to be protected by the Bill of Rights or its penumbras, see Griswold v. Connecticut, 381 U.S. 479 (1965); Eisenstadt v. Baird, 405 U.S. 438 (1972); id. at 460 (WHITE, J., concurring in result); or among those rights reserved to the people by the Ninth Amendment, Griswold v. Connecticut, 381 U.S. at 486 (Goldberg, J., concurring). Before addressing this claim, we feel it desirable briefly to survey, in several aspects, the history of abortion, for such insight as that history may afford us, and then to examine the state purposes and interests behind the criminal abortion laws.”
What they “discovered” is that because Greece had loose abortion laws that we should somehow emulate the Greeks. The Greeks and the Romans both threw Christians to the lions maybe we should start doing that as well.
The “penumbra of privacy” that was supposed to protect our lives from the government literally coming in through our front doors and taking the lives of others is being used for almost that exact person. It is ironic that the third amendment, the amendment that time forgot, the one no one ever remembers is the that was used to do the most harm to the most vulnerable. The third ammendment was created to protect our families, it is now being used to destroy our families. The “penumbra of privacy” has bcome the “penumbra of death.” It is time that the constitution was not twisted in some grotesque variation of liberty where one man’s liberty is another man’s death. It is time to RESTORE THE CONSTITUTION!