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What The Convention On The Rights Of The Child Says (And Doesn't Say) About Abortion And Family Planning

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Abortion and related family planning issues are among the most contentious political issues in the United States today. The Convention on the Rights of the Child's (CRC's) position on abortion is neutral, despite the practice of various states parties to view the CRC as either supportive or prohibitive of abortion. The CRC's position on family planning is positive but vague in that the relevant provision of the CRC merely requires states parties to "take appropriate measures" to "develop... family planning education and services". Examining the CRC, one finds several provisions that contain language relevant to abortion and family planning issues, including the Preamble, Article 1 (definition of the child), Article 6 (the right to life, survival, and development), Article 16 (privacy rights), and Article 24 (right to health). This chapter discusses each of these provisions in detail.

Keywords: abortion; CRC; family planning; United States



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