Last week I listened to a fascinating and compelling Talks at Google presentation by Stephanie Gray, and I highly recommend it. But it's an hour long, so if you only have three minutes I want to draw attention to a U.N. document that Stephanie mentioned because I couldn't believe I haven't heard anyone talking about this.
In 1948 (three years post-holocaust), the United Nations put together a Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It's very readable and I recommend viewing the whole thing. At the very beginning of the preamble, it says, "Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world."
Article 3 says "Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person."
The U.N. says human beings should have the right to live. I am certainly not advocating the U.N.'s every word as absolute truth and goodness, but these statements about the right for members of the human family are completely necessary since, historically, sometimes people get caught up in popular lies and start treating fellow human beings like they're less-than-human, just because of their ethnicity or religion or sexuality or...age.
This is where there's controversy where there should be none.
A human being is a human being who deserves the right to live, no matter how old they are.
Even if they're five weeks in-utero.
If you claim to care about human rights, you need to truly consider whether you believe in the human's right to live. Ms. Gray also made an excellent argument that that if two humans make a fetus, its species is obviously human. It's not alien or dolphin or cat or dog. It's a human. A member of the human family. A fellow human being who simply cannot speak up for himself or herself and needs time to grow. A human who should have the right to life, liberty, and security of person.
So, please, let's support moms who are in tough situations. My 5-year-old son recently worked his tail off doing extra chores to raise $10 to send to a pregnancy care center (his idea) because he fiercely believes that young humans should have the right to live, and that their moms should be well-cared-for. Let's talk positively about new life. Let's have real-life conversations about human dignity and inherent value. Because all people are valuable.
Feel free to read my related article But What About the Moms?
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