Having Kids Fair Start Declaration

I Support Having Kids' Fair Start Declaration:

All children have the fundamental human right to begin their lives in conditions that create equitable opportunities relative to other children born in their generation. This right is the ultimate and overriding foundation of human rights and democracy.

To further that right, unsustainable, subjective, and parent-centered family planning models should be replaced, in all international and domestic legal regimes, with an objective, human rights-based and child-centered model. This model must be oriented around every child’s right to a fair start in life and the correlative duties communities and parents have to protect that right.

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FAIR START FAMILY PLANNING

Every child deserves a fair start in life.

Families and communities plan together to secure that fair start.

Everyone wins by creating a future filled with people who had a better start in life.

Together we can give every child a fair start in life.

Fair Start family planning Up Close: One family’s story 

Anne and Matt deliberately planned a fair start for their child. They had both grown up in large families and had first-hand experience with the dilution of and competition for parental time, attention, and resources. They wanted Ellen to have the options and opportunities they hadn’t had. Anne and Matt also wanted to have the time and resources to give back to others in their community – through volunteering, teaching, donating, and nonprofit work. By the time they chose to start their family, Anne and Matt were receiving help and support from a variety of sources, ranging from employer-based health insurance to hand-me-down clothes from colleagues. But we can do better. With the Fair Start family planning model, even more children can have a fair start.

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