Human Rights Day: Let’s recognize that rights are universal, including for unborn babies

By MCCL Global Outreach

Today, December 10, is Human Rights Day as declared by the United Nations. It marks the anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.

“On Human Rights Day, let’s recognize that human rights belong to all human beings. They are universal. If you are a member of the human species, you have them, regardless of your age, size, ability, or health,” says Scott Fischbach, executive director of MCCL Global Outreach.

“That means that unborn human beings deserve protection from the violence of abortion. It means that pregnant women and new mothers deserve support and care. And it means that elderly, sick, and disabled persons deserve protection from neglect and euthanasia.”

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights proclaims that “recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.” It says that human rights apply “without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.” It affirms that “all are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law.”

The Declaration also explicitly states, “Everyone has the right to life.”

“The Declaration laid out a vision that the world has not yet lived up to,” says Fischbach. “Not as long as some members of the human family are excluded from protection—their human rights ignored or denied. We need to include everyone.”

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.