Universal Declaration of Human Rights

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Articles of the Universal Declaration relevant to discussions of reproductive rights include:

ARTICLE 1: "All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights."

ARTICLE 3: "Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person."

ARTICLE 7: "All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law."

ARTICLE 12: "No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation."

ARTICLE 16: "Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family. They are entitled to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution. Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses. The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State."

ARTICLE 25: "Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services. . . . Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection."

ARTICLE 26: "Everyone has the right to education."