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Alban Maginness (Comment, July 5) thinks that the greatest human rights issue in the world today is the rights of the unborn. What world is he living in?

It is a world where 10% of its people live on less than $2 a day and 80% live on less than $10 a day.

It is a world where more than 150 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance globally.

It is a world where, according to the UN, the number of refugees, asylum-seekers and internally displaced people around the world has topped 65 million.

It is a world where five to seven million people die annually from air pollution caused by increased industrialisation and transport.

It is a Northern Ireland where 20% of children are officially below the poverty line.

Nor does Alban Maginness address the treatment of women worldwide. At least one-third of all women are beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused by an intimate partner in the course of their lifetime. An estimated 5% of all recorded rapes lead to impregnation.

It is also a world where more than 700 million women alive today were married as children, ie below the age of 18. In short, a large percentage of women have children against their will, or before they are old enough to cope with motherhood.

And Alban Maginness thinks that the greatest human rights issue in the world today is the rights of the unborn?

Does he include a foetus before viability? And does he not consider that it might possibly be more important to deal with the many urgent problems and rights of women and children in their actually existing lives?

BRIAN McCLINTON

Editor, Irish Freethinker

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