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Every child has a right to be
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - By Mark Davis Pickup

Every child has a right to be. Every child has a right to thrive and reach their full potential, whatever that may be. Adults in their world have a responsibility to make sure every opportunity is available to them to reach their potential. But this responsibility falls primarily with their mother and father.

It begins at the beginning, with good prenatal and postnatal care. Every child deserves good nutrition and clean air, decent housing, and education. Every child deserves access to quality medical care that includes preventive measures such as immunizations. Every child deserves encouragement and nurturing and, ideally, a family with a loving mother and father to guide them. They have a right to be included, and experience love, friendship, and kinship. 

Every child has a right to know the feeling of warm summer sun, to experience the smell of fresh cut grass and flowers, to breathe in fresh, crisp autumn air and see trees turning colors, and the changing seasons. Every child has a right to lifeca right to be, to experience, to know, and to grow. 

Fathers have a critical role to play in his child's life. It begins with love and care in utero. The highest compliment a man can give to his offspring is to love their mother. 

If you are a man who is unexpectedly expecting a child, then support and help your baby's mother to make the right choice. The right choice is never abortion. 

Real men care for their children. 

Rise to the call of fatherhood. If you are not willing or [are] unable, then let an adoptive couple parent your child. A little life depends upon it. Support a decision for life and let your child live and thrive. Every child has a right to be.

Mark Davis Pickup has lived with aggressive multiple sclerosis for over 28 years. Although electric wheelchair dependent, Mark has spoken across the United States and Canada promoting the sanctity, dignity, and equality of all human life. He has addressed politicians and legislative committees (both Canadian and American), university forums, hospital medical staffs, religious and denominational leaders, community groups, and organizations about the critical importance of protecting all human life from conception to natural death. Mark is also a widely published writer on bioethical and Christian issues. He writes a column for Canada’s Western Catholic Reporter newspaper. Mark is the recipient of numerous awards including the Monsignor Bill Irwin Award for Ethical Excellence, the William Kurelek Award for fostering respect and appreciation for the dignity of human life (Canada), and a Governor General’s Medal for Community Service.

This article has been reprinted with permission and can be found at http://www.humanlifematters.org/2015/05/every-child-has-right-to-be.html.

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