On World Children’s Day, let’s recognize the rights of all children—born and unborn

Today, November 20, is World Children’s Day, a day established by the United Nations to recognize the importance and the human rights of children. This year’s celebration marks the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

“This anniversary should remind us that much work remains to be done to protect the rights of children,” says Scott Fischbach, executive director of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life Global Outreach (MCCL GO). “The Convention on the Rights of the Child explicitly calls for protection for all children—including children in the womb.”

The Convention affirms that “the child, by reason of his physical and mental immaturity, needs special safeguards and care, including appropriate legal protection, before as well as after birth.” It states that “every child has the inherent right to life.” And it calls on governments to “diminish infant and child mortality” and “ensure appropriate pre-natal and post-natal health care for mothers.”

“The rights of unborn children are violated through abortion, and many children and mothers still die because they lack the nutrition and care that they need,” says Fishbach. “Let’s redouble our efforts to protect and cherish all children.”

Editor’s note. MCCL GO is the U.N.- and OAS-accredited global outreach program of the Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life Education Fund. Its goal is to protect as many human beings as possible from the destruction of abortion, infanticide, and euthanasia. Learn more at www.mccl-go.org.