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The Iowa State Constitution, 2nd Edition by Pettys, Todd E (9th February 2018)

Part Two The Iowa Constitution and Commentary, Art.I Bill of Rights

From: The Iowa State Constitution (2nd Edition)

Todd E. Pettys

All men and women are, by nature, free and equal, and have certain inalienable rights—among which are those of enjoying and defending life and liberty, acquiring, possessing and protecting property, and pursuing and obtaining safety and happiness. Section 1 of the Bill of Rights declares some of the basic principles on which the United States and the State of Iowa were founded, and it tantalizingly refers to certain rights that cannot be taken away. In Iowa’s first constitution, ratified in 1846, Section 1 was substantively framed just as it appears here, with two...
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