By MCCL Global Outreach
The United Nations recognizes today, November 20, as World Children’s Day—”a day to reimagine a better future for every child.” It’s the anniversary of the Declaration of the Rights of the Child (adopted in 1959) and the Convention of the Rights of the Child (adopted in 1989), landmark human rights documents upholding the importance and the human rights of children.
“We still have a long way to go before all children are truly valued and protected,” says Scott Fischbach, executive director of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life Global Outreach (MCCL GO). “Unborn children are too often excluded from the protection of the law, and they are routinely killed and discarded around the world. Yet the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which we celebrate today, 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 systematically violated through abortion. And in many parts of the world, children and mothers still die because they lack the nutrition and care that they need,” notes Fischbach. “On World Children’s Day, let’s recommit to cherishing and protecting all children.”
MCCL GO is the U.N.- and OAS-accredited global outreach program of the Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life Education Fund. Our 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.