This is Human Rights Day, and two organizations are making an effort to convince groups advocating for those rights to look further than the typical categories they address during their campaigns.
Human rights campaigns typically focus on people persecuted because of politics or religion in countries such as China, Iraq and Syria, but the American College of Pediatricians and American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology want to see a different focus. They are asking for people to deal with the issue of 57,000 children killed in the womb since the legalization of abortion in America.
One pediatrician, Dr. Patricia Lee June, explains why this is an issue of human rights.
“Abortion also harms the mother and increases her risks of dying,” she says. “And in the subsequent years it harms the aborted child's future brothers and sisters because there is a higher rate of premature birth.”
The risk for future pregnancies is greatest during the second trimester of pregnancy at a time when many of the babies cannot be saved. And numerous reputable scientists believe there is a higher risk of cancer for women, especially those who aborted during a first pregnancy. So, June says, people need to get into action.
“We're asking people to contact these human rights organizations and ask them to address the human rights of the child prior to birth as well as the human rights of those who are already born,” she says.
She adds that abortion truly is the biggest human rights issue of our day.