On December 10th, people around the world will observe Human Rights Day. We hope you will too! This date is very meaningful, as the 70th anniversary of the UN Declaration of Human Rights. It’s a day to celebrate; however, in Canada, it’s also a day to recognize our shortcomings. In our country, there are no rights or protections given to children before birth, even though they are fully human, and simply at a different stage of development.
With this in mind, this Human Rights Day, we’re asking our local representatives to remember that human rights are for all human beings.
In the lead-up to December 10th, we’ll also be taking the opportunity to run a public education campaign illustrating the need for protection of all children before birth in Canada. Above is a sample of a social media ad we’ll be running on Facebook and Instagram for people in our area. In addition, we’ll be distributing ‘Human Rights for All’ buttons to our supporters, and airing educational ads on the Fergus Grand radio station.
What is the Universal Declaration of Human Rights?
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a milestone document proclaimed by the UN in 1948. It outlines the fundamental human rights of all members of the human family, and calls for these rights to be recognized around the world. An additional document, the UN Declaration of the Rights of the Child, further highlights what protections all children should receive: “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.”
Shockingly, in Canada, there are no protections for children before birth. Abortion is legal through all nine months of pregnancy, and abortions are available at up to 24 weeks of pregnancy in multiple locations in Ontario. At this stage of development, 66-80% of preemies born will survive.
There are over 100,000 abortions in Canada every year. Each of these children before birth is a human being with value, and deserves to be protected.
How Can You Participate?
Write a letter: Write to your local member of parliament to encourage them to stand up for human rights, and to remember that children before birth are part of the human family too. You can download a sample letter to get started, or write your own.
When you send a letter, contact our office at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know, so we can keep track of how many letters have been sent!
Participate on social media: On December 10th, use the hashtag #StandUp4HumanRights, which is the official hashtag of Human Rights Day. We’ll be contributing to the human rights conversation on social media by sharing messages on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!
If you believe in human rights for all human beings, we encourage you to join us in participating this Human Rights Day to speak up for children before birth.