While abortion remains legal in most of the West, this legality is regularly challenged by anti-abortion groups.
The Vedic and smrti laws of India reflected a concern with preserving the male seed of the three upper castes; and the religious courts imposed various penances for the woman or excommunication for a priest who provided an abortion.
The right against self-incrimination has ancient roots in common law dating back to biblical times.
While most provisions of the Fifth Amendment, such as the right to a jury trial and the right against double jeopardy, impose restrictions upon our courthouses, the right against self-incrimination has a profound effect upon the behavior of law-enforcement officers as they investigate crimes.
Many of the methods employed in early and primitive cultures were non-surgical.
Physical activities like strenuous labor, climbing, paddling, weightlifting, or diving were a common technique.
Today, the Fourth Amendment has lost its preferred status among our cherished Bill of Rights Protections.Because of their experience with Great Britain, the 13 states feared a powerful central government.Consequently, they changed Dickinson's proposed articles drastically before they sent them to all the states for ratification in November 1777.Agreed to by the Continental Congress November 15, 1777 and in effect after ratification by Maryland, March 1,1781, the Articles of Confederation served as a bridge between the initial government by the Continental Congress of the Revolutionary period and the federal government provided under the Constitution for the United States in effect March 4, 1789 After the ratification of the Declaration of Independence, establishing the "united colonies" as Free and Independent States, the Continental Congress set to work on the task of drawing up a document that would provide a legal framework for that Union, and which would be enforceable as the law of the new land.The Articles were written during the early part of the American Revolution by a committee of the Second Continental Congress of the now independent thirteen sovereign states.