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The Inaugural Human Right - To Be Born Free And Equal

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The child before birth is equal in dignity and rights to the child after birth. These rights, like all human rights are inalienable. Being born cannot be used as an exclusionary criterion to disappear the rights of the child before birth. The child before birth at whatever stage of life, embryonic or fetal, is a distinctly human being, a new and unrepeatable human being, an identifiable member of the human family, whose rights are equal and inalienable. The human rights of mothers and their corresponding duties to other human beings include their duty to protect life, to sustain rather than to destroy their children before birth. That the child before birth already belongs to the community and is entitled to be born into that community is recognized in Article I of the Geneva Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.

Keywords: birth; child; human right; mothers



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