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The global outreach program of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life has been active in the 20th anniversary United Nations (UN) celebration of the Rights of the Child taking place in Geneva, Switzerland last week.

With the hope of directing attention to the rights of the unborn child, MCCL has published a new document which details the rights of unborn children in existing U.N. declarations.

“With more than 400 delegates and child’s rights activists gathered in Geneva to celebrate the progress that has been made, MCCL GO is taking advantage of this wonderful opportunity to educate people from around the world,” the group’s director Scott Fischbach told

“MCCL GO is reminding advocates that U.N. documents guarantee protection for unborn children.” The document and videos quote from four major U.N. declarations on child rights, dating back to 1924. The celebrated 1989 United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, General Assembly Resolution 44, is a comprehensive document to advance the cause and protection of all children throughout the world.

The document quotes the 1959 Declaration of the Rights of the Child, which says in part: “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.”

Fischbach said: “In light of these U.N. protections for unborn babies, MCCL GO is making delegates and activists aware of the newest threats to the lives of unborn children, including sex-selection abortions and the aborting of the unborn based on DNA tests for possible disabilities. These new categories of abortion endorse discrimination against the unborn based solely on the child’s sex or possible physical or mental imperfections. Such injustices must not be tolerated by any in the international community.”

[October 12, 2009, Ertelt, Geneva, Switzerland,]