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Disposable Children

"Children have almost no way to protect themselves and do not get to choose where they go and what they are exposed to. They are incredibly vulnerable as a result. Their health is shaped by the people around them and the air in the spaces they are forced to occupy." @BlakeMMurdoch

Opinion: Treating kids as invulnerable is treating them as disposable:

 "As grief counsellors often point out, death is a natural part of life. However, death can be hidden and ignored in our society, in favour of a sort of blissful ignorance. 

'Death is not the main risk facing most children. Disability is. Children are facing new risks from disease that most of us did not have to grow up with.'

I am saying we should acknowledge reality and fix it. COVID changed the world and trying to force “normalcy” without changing anything is going to perpetually end in tragedy for many. 

Research shows the risks of harm and disability from COVID infection are serious, and risks accumulate with additional reinfections. 

We fundamentally do not know the extent of the long-term damage continual reinfection with COVID will cause to children, and the data we have so far are upsetting. What are we willing to risk?"

UN Rights of the Child Article 13 & Equity Rights

The Convention on the Rights of the Child: Health Rights 

  • Every child has the inherent right to life.

  • Every child has the right to express his/her own views freely in all matters affecting them.


  • Every child has the right to access information and material from a diversity of national and international sources, especially those aimed at the promotion of his/her social, spiritual and moral will-being and physical and mental health.

  • Every child has the right to protection from all forms of abuse, physically or mentally.


  • Every mentally or physically disabled child has the right to enjoy a full and decent life, in conditions which ensure dignity and

       promote self-reliance.

Which of these rights do children not deserve? What governmental objective supersedes the right for a child to live, to be

healthy, to be protected from physical harm? Which child in this photo doesn't deserve our protection? Should we delegate

child protection to a "you do you" policy? 

Article 3

1. In all actions concerning children, whether undertaken by public or private social welfare institutions, courts of law, administrative authorities or legislative bodies, the best interests of the child shall be a primary consideration.

2. States Parties undertake to ensure the child such protection and care as is necessary for his or her well-being, taking into account the rights and duties of his or her parents, legal guardians, or other individuals legally responsible for him or her, and, to this end, shall take all appropriate legislative and administrative measures.

3. States Parties shall ensure that the institutions, services and facilities responsible for the care or protection of children shall conform with the standards established by competent authorities, particularly in the areas of safety, health, in the number and suitability of their staff, as well as competent supervision.

Article 6

1. States Parties recognize that every child has the inherent right to life.

2. States Parties shall ensure to the maximum extent possible the survival and development of the child.

Article 23

1. States Parties recognize that a mentally or physically disabled child should enjoy a full and decent life, in conditions which ensure dignity, promote self-reliance, and facilitate the child's active participation in the community.

2. States Parties recognize the right of the disabled child to special care and shall encourage and ensure the extension, subject to available resources, to the eligible child and those responsible for his or her care, of assistance for which application is made and which is appropriate to the child's condition and to the circumstances of the parents or others caring for the child.

Article 24

1. States Parties recognize the right of the child to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health and to facilities for the treatment of illness and rehabilitation of health. States Parties shall strive to ensure that no child is deprived of his or her right of access to such health care services.

2. States Parties shall pursue full implementation of this right and, in particular, shall take appropriate measures:


(a) To diminish infant and child mortality;

(b) To ensure the provision of necessary medical assistance and health care to all children with emphasis on the development of primary health care;

(c) To combat disease and malnutrition including within the framework of primary health care, through inter alia the application of readily available technology and through the provision of adequate nutritious foods and clean drinking water, taking into consideration the dangers and risks of environmental pollution;

(d) To ensure appropriate pre-natal and post-natal health care for mothers;

(e) To ensure that all segments of society, in particular parents and children, are informed, have access to education and are supported in the use of basic knowledge of child health and nutrition, the advantages of breast-feeding, hygiene and environmental sanitation and the prevention of accidents;


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