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Children'S Rights "Without Any Exceptions Whatsoever"

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The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) recognizes in Article 6(5) that the pregnant woman does indeed carry within her womb another human being who is entitled, by virtue of the childs immaturity to special protection from the death sentence. This article, prohibiting execution of pregnant women, acknowledges that the child, from the State's first knowledge of that child's existence, is to be protected. And for those abortion advocates who argue that the unborn child is not a person, the American Convention on Human Rights Article 1(2) says: &t;For the purposes of this Convention, &t;person&t; means every human being&t;. The right to life, the well-being, of both the mother and the child must be pursued with equal vigor by the medical profession and by all those in positions of authority in public health and law.

Keywords: abortion; human rights; ICCPR; pregnant woman; unborn child

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