There are limits to rights during public health crisis

I see another letter to the editor from someone screaming that their rights under the Constitution are being violated by our governor. The job of the Supreme Court is to define, defend, and uphold the Constitution. They have repeatedly ruled that rights and the amendments are not unlimited. For example, you have the right to freedom of speech, but you can’t yell fire in a crowded room or use racially threatening rhetoric.

Federal law allows measures to prevent the entry and spread of communicable diseases. Under the Constitution’s 10th amendment; and upheld by the Supreme Court state governments have the right and the authority to control the spread of infectious diseases, including, but not limited to, setting quarantines and restricting business.

The Supreme Court has ruled that all civil liberties can be suspended in the event of a public health crisis. We live in less than 400 square feet, so trust me, I want to be out and about and see my grandkids, just like the next guy. But, it is what it is. Civil liberties suspended for the benefit of society and public health.

Barbara Prussman


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