posted by Stacy on .
this is not a homework question but we are studying the Bill of Rights and my question is what, in laymans terms, is the significance of the 9th amendment?
i have googled it and read many articles but i still can't get what it means.
any information would be appreciated.
"The enumeration in the Constitution of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people."
The writers of the Constitution realized they may have forgotten some rights, so they put this clause in to cover themselves. It means that people have rights even if they are not specifically mentioned in the Constitution.