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U.S. should ratify human rights treaty for women

Why is it that in the United States, one of the richest nations in the world, 23 out of 1,000 babies were abused or neglected in 2006?

How can our nation claim that we strongly support the welfare of children yet boast such horrifying statistics?

The United States has:

• The highest child poverty rate among the world's 24 wealthiest countries

• 9 million children that lack health insurance coverage

• 1.4 million children experience homelessness per year

Citizens of this country should be very concerned about the wellbeing of our most vulnerable population and the future of our country. Children do not get to decide what environment they are born into. Rich or poor, safe or dangerous, the choice is left to fate.

How do we snatch the livelihoods of our children out of the hands of fate?

The leaders of the United States have an opportunity to improve the well-being of our children; yet refuse to agree to it. The United States is the only nation in the world, besides Somalia, that has not ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).

The CRC is an international human rights treaty that sets standards for the welfare of the world's children. It promotes a child's right to health care, protection from all forms of violence, to develop to their fullest potential, and much more. Human rights include children's rights.

Do not let this dismissal of our children continue. Learn more about the CRC at childrightscampaign.org, unicief.org and join our site at www.myspace.com/pacificu_crc.

Kaitlyn Schovanec

Pacific University