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American Convention On Human Rights: 'In General, From The Moment Of Conception'

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The American Convention on Human Rights recognizes that every person has the right to have his life respected. The greatest contribution made by the drafters of the American Convention on Human Rights to modern international human rights law is the consensus definition that person means every human being. The protection for those who are not yet born was a fundamental human rights concern from the very beginningit is in the very first 1947 Draft. Laws protecting the right of the child at risk of abortion to have his/her life respected and protected by law, in general from the moment of conception, are meant to be non-derogable. Pursuant to Article 27(2) of the American Convention, the right to life is a right that cannot in any circumstances be derogated from, not even in times of public emergency.

Keywords: abortion; American Convention on Human Rights; child

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