Boxer: Children Need Their Rights

Recently, I came across a story regarding Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., a Jewess, who is hurriedly urging adoption of a United Nations treaty she says provides for "basic human rights" for children but opponents argue would destroy parental rights to raise their children as they choose.

The U.N. Convention of the Rights of a Child (CRC) dictates the following:

  • Parents would no longer be able to administer reasonable punishments (i.e. spankings) to their children.

  • A murderer aged 17 years, 11 months and 29 days at the time of his crime could no longer be sentenced to life in prison.

  • Children would have the ability to choose their own religion while parents would only have the authority to give their children advice about religion.

  • The best interest of the child principle would give the government the ability to override every decision made by every parent if a government worker disagreed with the parent's decision.

  • A child's "right to be heard" would allow him/her to seek governmental review of every parental decision with which the child disagreed.

  • According to existing interpretation, it would be illegal for a nation to spend more on national defense than it does on children's welfare.

  • Children would acquire a legally enforceable right to leisure.

  • Teaching children about Christianity in schools has been held to be out of compliance with the CRC.

  • Allowing parents to opt their children out of sex education has been held to be out of compliance with the CRC.

  • Children would have the right to reproductive health information and services, including abortions, without parental knowledge or consent.

The government would decide what is in the best interest of a children in every case, and the CRC would be considered superior to state laws. Parents could be treated like criminals for making every-day decisions about their children's lives. Welcome to 1984!