• The 9th amendment is significant in the U.S. Constitution because it points out that the rights enumerated in the Bill of Rights are NOT the ONLY rights of U.S. citizens. Any rights not specifically addressed belong to the people rather than the government. As Justice Goldberg said in a 1965 Supreme Court decision: "...the Framers did not intend that the first eight amendments be construed to exhaust the basic and fundamental rights...."

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