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How do you feel about this? CRC

An excerpt from a letter about the CRC:
The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) was adopted in 1989 by the General Assembly of the United Nations. Nations that ratify the agreement affirm that certain basic human rights apply to children as they do adults and commit to uphold these basic rights.

These rights include the right to life; protection from abuse, torture, and exploitation; protection from enslavement and trafficking; age-appropriate freedom of thought, conscience, and religion; protection against military conscription; protection against illegal imprisonment and capital punishment; and access to education and health services.

The treaty affirms the special status of children as vulnerable people requiring special safeguards and protections.

The US is one of two nations that has not adopted this. The other is Somalia.

Should the US ratify the CRC?

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Asked by Anonymous at 1:55 PM on Aug. 1, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

Answers (11)
  • Hell no, have you read it? basically it gives your parenting rights over to the Govt.

    Answer by Carpy at 2:20 PM on Aug. 1, 2009

  • Carpy...can you give a specific example of what rights parents would lose?

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:30 PM on Aug. 1, 2009

  • NO, but the US needs the citizens to wake up and realize they could lose their rights to parent their children if they don't start doing it.

    Answer by pagan_mama at 2:56 PM on Aug. 1, 2009


    Answer by Carpy at 3:02 PM on Aug. 1, 2009

  • age-appropriate freedom of thought, conscience, and religion;

    Who decides what is age appropriate????????????????

    Given that parents are obviously incapable so far?

    Where do these morons get this ridiculous stuff?


    Answer by mustbeGRACE at 3:03 PM on Aug. 1, 2009

  • Agree with carpy.

    Basically it empowers the government to do things like make home schooling illegal, or say you can't pull your kids out of certain instructions you may be offended by. (since they're protecting the education rights of the child in their view).

    The U.S. already has laws in place to protect children from abuse, and cruel and unusual punishment in the legal system, and laws that they cannot be denied health care. We don't need any extra laws to keep them safe...especially not ones that can potentially take away the parenting choices of moms and dads.


    Answer by Anonymous at 3:09 PM on Aug. 1, 2009

  • We already have laws to protect children, some of the best in the world!

    I don't need the UN, which can't run itself meddling in my affairs.

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 3:10 PM on Aug. 1, 2009

  • I posted many times on this. You didn't really give the skinny on it though.
    It sounds ok enough but when you look into how it has been interpreted is is nothing miore than taking the reigns of raising children out of the parents hands and giving it to the child and the government. I have heard many stories abouy children taking their parents to court over very stupid things(like being grounded) and actually winning. Not to mention the fact that it really doesn't work because it is for the most part unenfocable. As you read it think of the starving children, the children being forced to live on the street, to sell themselves to get money for the family or the ones being aborted daily. (All children have a right to life, so it says) Governments botch everything they do and this is no different. I think most parents abide by these articles anyway in the US.

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 3:16 PM on Aug. 1, 2009

  • WHY would you want the UN to make rules and laws about your children?  We have laws in place to protect children, and many of the countries that HAVE signed it allow horrible human rights abuses on their citizens, including the children. 

    The UN is a corrupt, toothless tiger that has no right to dictate how our country is run, IMO.


    Answer by mancosmomma at 3:25 PM on Aug. 1, 2009

  • We are more than capable of governing our own country. We don't need this. There are laws in place to protect children. Our children are in one of the safest countries in the world. If you want your 12 year old to be able to sue you in court over a punishment like in Canada go right on ahead. I like being the parent and being able to make choices for my individual child. I realize many don't and want Daddy government to do it for them. They should opt to use birth control so they don't have to be burdened with children.

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:36 PM on Aug. 1, 2009

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