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25th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

25 November 2014


The Convention is often unjustly reinterpreted to limit its scope just to children who have been born

On 20 November 1989 the United Nations (UN) General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The Convention states that: "The child, by reason of his physical and mental immaturity, needs special safeguards and care, including appropriate legal protection, before as well as after birth."

John Smeaton, SPUC's chief executive, commented: "The Convention is often unjustly reinterpreted to limit its scope just to children who have been born.

"SPUC, and in particular its international team - Peter C. Smith, Patrick Buckley and Maria Madise - are working tirelessly, at the UN and elsewhere, to defend the rights of unborn children, especially against the constant pressure of the pro-abortion lobby to enshrine abortion as a human right."

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