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Constitution Check: How far can states go to dictate medical procedures?

As long ago as the late 19th Century, the Supreme Court began recognizing that, in American law, it would be an illegal assault to require an individual to undergo a medical procedure without that person’s consent.

The cry of “we the people” is a simple one: Leave us alone!

What so many opponents of the Affordable Care Act find offensive is the idea that you have to do something because the government tells you that you have to when freedom to so many Americans has traditionally been understood to mean being left to our own devices.

The story behind next week’s Supreme Court strip-search case [VIDEO]

On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court will consider the rights of a New Jersey man whose drive home with his four-year-old son and pregnant wife ended in an invasive strip search at the jailhouse and seven days behind bars. The plaintiff in this case, Albert W. Florence, tells the story of his wrongful arrest and subsequent treatment in his own words.