The Bill of Rights and the 14th Amendment

Fourteenth Amendment

What are the two core clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment?

The two most important clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment are the due-process clause and the equal protection clause. The due-process clause ensures that the government acts with a certain level of fundamental fairness before infringing on an individual’s “life, liberty or property” interests. The equal-protection clause ensures that similarly situated individuals or classes of people are treated similarly.


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