Much is being written about the Supreme Court possibly limiting or overturning Roe v Wade as a result of the court upholding a Mississippi law. Most of that commentary is about the loss of abortion rights and what that would mean. I want to focus instead on a different and bigger issue: the possible impact of this case on all the other rights we as Americans take for granted.
The Bill of Rights, precedent, and the states
As we all know, the original U.S. Constitution did not address certain freedoms or rights for individuals. Thus, the first ten amendments to the Constitution were passed as a package called the Bill of Rights. We are familiar with them: freedom of speech and of the press, prevention of unlawful search and seizure, and so on.