Why is the Constitution called a living document (amendments process)?

The Constitution is referred to as a living document because it is open to constant change whether by ratifying the Constitution with a new amendment or by repealing an existing amendment. Consequently, as time goes on and new issues and concerns arise, the Constitution can be changed to meet the demands of the present and future.

Additionally, the Constitution is open to constant interpretation by the Supreme Court. Hence, even though abortion and automatic weapons were not issues during the Constitution's conception over 200 years ago, the Constitution can be interpreted to protect or restrict rights on a variety of issues.

Also, see the Ratification Process worksheet.