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Udhr Recognition Of The Child Before Birth: Analysis Of The Texts

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The General Assembly of the United Nations examined the protection of the rights of the child promised in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and drew up a list of ten agreed principles which they then proclaimed in the 1959 Declaration of the Rights of the Child (DRC). These principles formed the preliminary outline of fundamental human rights to be codified eventually in the 1989 Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). Research on the historical context reveals that the concept of the child as understood at the time of the International Bill of Rights included the child before as well as after birth. With regard to legal protection for children before birth, abortion advocates have tried to defuse the powerful truth to be read in the preamble to the DRC by claiming it is only in the preamble or that the DRC is only a Declaration.

Keywords: birth; child; human rightsprotection; International Bill of Rights; UDHR recognition



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