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Date: February 25, 2016
Time: 12:45pm – 3:00pm EST
Location: Kimball Hall, First Floor Lounge, 246 Greene Street, New York, NY 10012
Lunch will be served.
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Is being loved as a child a human right? This practical, philosophical and provocative discussion will explore the justification for a fundamental right of children to be loved and our societal obligations to provide such love for them. The fulfillment of children’s rights to be loved are made more complicated by poverty, unwanted pregnancies, the challenges often involved in adoption and the fact that each year, thousands of children leave foster care at age eighteen without ever finding a permanent loving family.

Philip Alston, John Norton Pomeroy Professor of Law, NYU School of Law
Elizabeth Bartholet, Morris Wasserstein Public Interest Professor of Law; Faculty Director, Child Advocacy Program, Harvard Law School
S. Matthew Liao, Director and Associate Professor, NYU Center for Bioethics

David Anthony, Chief of the Policy Advocacy Unit, UNICEF

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  1. 1. Posted by Justina Y | April 29, 2016 7:30 am

    This is an extremely interesting subject to consider when it comes to considering issues such as abortion. There are some important questions to consider when evaluating the overarching question, “is being loved as a child a human right?”. Are there studies that link a child receiving love to future successes? Are there studies that link the lack of love in a child’s adolescent life to an increase in violence or aggression? These are critical questions to consider when it comes to abortion. If it can be agreed upon that every child has the right to be loved upon birth, then it is more ethical for a woman to have an abortion knowing that they cannot provide their child with the love they need to be successful adults? Is it fair to bring up a child with a lack of love knowing that it will put them at a disadvantage for being successful in the future?

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