Are American Children Better Off Today Than They Were in 1989?

The Convention on the Rights of the Child Is the World’s Most Widely Adopted Human Rights Treaty. But 25 Years After Its Passage, the U.S. Still Won't Ratify It.


In 1989, as a new mom and a new doctor, I spent my days tending to young patients as a pediatrician in training, and my nights caring for my own 1-year-old son. At the time, I never heard anyone speak about the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which was passed the same year. Perhaps it was the news blackout I lived in working 120-hour weeks in Boston, the fact that my dual roles left little time for reading anything other than Goodnight Moon to Ben and medical journal …

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