How “Medical Freedom” and Misinformation Endanger Children

The US remains the sole holdout among developed nations in signing the UN’s Convention on the Rights of the Child—furthering evidence that children’s rights, which ensure “the survival and development of the child,” are being recklessly and needlessly eroded as more people in developed nations dismiss scientific research.

Arthur L. Caplan of New York University and Peter J. Hotez of Texas Children’s Hospital identify 5 areas where the rights and lives of children are threatened, including vaccines and gun violence. Misinformation and a Western shift to favor ideological beliefs over children’s lives needlessly puts children at risk, they write.

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