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The Right To Life And To The Necessities Of Life

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As an essential element of the right to life, the child before birth has also a right to liberty in the sense that the child is not to be seen as the chattel of the mother-the mother/child relationship is not to be an unequal one of ownership, of a master/ slave kind. The Human Rights Commission's initial draft of Article 27(1) stipulated that all human beings are entitled to share. Children at risk of abortion, and their mothers, are entitled to a social order where expectant mothers and their children in conflict situations and in peace time are protected. For every mother and child at risk of abortion, governments, communities, and families must strive together to provide an adequate share in the necessities of life to which there is universal entitlement.

Keywords: abortion; birth; child; Human Rights Commission; mother/child relationship; right to life

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