Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette
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Health Rights

The right to health is a subset of the right to life, since health is a prerequisite for life.  If people don't have an adequate diet and health care, they die.  It angers me that some people think it's okay to let people die needlessly.  Today I came across an article with two striking quotes:

According to the World Health Organization Constitution "The enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being."

However, the US Dept of Health & Human Services and US Food & Drug Administration, in a 2010 statement maintains that: "There is no right to consume or feed children any particular food; there is no generalized right to bodily and physical health."

That makes it pretty obvious which organization actually cares about the health and survival of human beings.
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