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Selective Abortion On Grounds Of Disability

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In its General Comment No 7, entitled 'Right to Non-discrimination', the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) condemns selective abortion as discrimination against children and as a serious violation of their rights, affecting their survival. The Committee denounces not only selective abortion of girl children on the grounds of sex discrimination, but also goes on to condemn &t;multiple discrimination&t;. Indeed, the new Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has clear application to children at risk of abortion on the grounds of disability. The very first clause of the Preamble recognizes the inherent dignity and worth and the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family. The Committee on the Rights of the Child has reaffirmed that selective abortion violates the fundamental human rights principle of non-discrimination. Termination of the lives of children with disabilities remains an intentionally lethal, pseudo-medical procedure.

Keywords: abortion; CRC Committee; disabilities; girl children; human rights; sex discrimination



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