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Protect All Rights, Including Those of the Unborn

Tuesday, 03 Dec 2013 07:46 AM

By Alveda King

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December is Universal Human Rights Month, and is kicked off on Dec. 2, with the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery.

Yet the weakest and most vulnerable of human beings, babies in the womb, are not included in the text that promises to protect human beings from the horrific trafficking that still occurs on our planet.

Often when people think of slavery and human trafficking, they think of the plight of African-American slaves which ended with the Emancipation Proclamation 150 years ago. Or they think of the white slave trade that has been publicized so often.

However, today in America and around the globe, women, children, men, and even babies are all victims of human trafficking which includes harvesting for body parts, sexual exploitation, brutal child labor, forced marriage, forced recruitment of children for use in armed conflict and other heinous acts of human acts of inhumanity towards those who should be our brothers and sisters.

We are one human race for God’s sake. How can human beings be so cruel as to commit acts of horror against other human beings?

There is a popular film out today that depicts acts of children being drafted for combat against each other, fighting to the death until the last child is left standing.

Other films portraying teenage girls being sold into sex trade and sometimes rescued by their parents attempt to shed some light on the problem, but they don’t scratch the surface.

Yes, we should be concerned about children and young adults, and all victims of human trafficking. But what about the unborn babies who are like slaves in the wombs of their mothers, with no say over whether the abortion drugs or knives will snuff out their young lives?

Babies are like slaves, trapped inside wombs that all too often become tombs when surgical and chemical warfare snuffs out their lives before they have their day in court.

A post on the U.N. website notes that “The International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, 2 December, marks the date of the adoption, by the General Assembly, of the United Nations Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others (resolution 317(IV) of 2 December 1949).

"The focus of this day is on eradicating contemporary forms of slavery, such as trafficking in persons, sexual exploitation, the worst forms of child labour, forced marriage, and the forced recruitment of children for use in armed conflict.

"Today, 21 million women, men and children are trapped in slavery all over the world. The International Labour Organization (ILO) has teamed up with prominent artists, athletes and advocates in its new campaign to End Slavery Now.

In 2007 the UN marked the 200th Anniversary of the Abolition of the Transatlantic Slave Trade on 25 March. In 2008 the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade became an annual observance.”

While I fully agree with the effort to end all forms of human trafficking, I implore the UN and participating forces to include the babies in the womb, who also deserve our prayers and our mercy.

Dr. Alveda C. King grew up in the civil rights movement led by her uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. She is a pastoral associate and director of African-American outreach for Priests for Life and Gospel of Life Ministries. Her family home in Birmingham, Ala., was bombed, as was her father’s church office in Louisville, Ky. Alveda herself was jailed during the open housing movement. Read more reports from Dr. Alveda C. King — Click Here Now.

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