Monday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

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Advocacy Campaign for Child Rights Launched, The News International

An advocacy campaign for child rights was launched on Thursday by the Ministry of Human Rights where once again pledges were made to better the life of our children by passage of new legislations coupled with implementation of existing child-friendly laws.

In-Vitro Fertilization Raises Custody Rights and Family Law Questions, Legal News Center

In 1978, Louise Brown made history as the world’s first baby to be conceived by IVF in England. Her successful conception and birth was a monumental event for science and an extraordinarily hopeful occasion for parents struggling with infertility. Critics of the time decried IVF as a moral quagmire, destroying the special structure of the family, ending the nuclear family, and promoting ethically dubious medicine. What critics didn’t seem to anticipate was the extent to which society would be unable to determine definitively how IVF re-defined the concept of “parent.”

Court’s Ruling on Juvenile Rights Sparks Debate, Journal News

A ruling that divided the Ohio Supreme Court last week has also sparked debate locally about the rights of juveniles when they are questioned by police.  The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled state law doesn’t entitle minors the right to an attorney during police interrogations that come before charges are filed or an initial appearance in juvenile court. The law states that juveniles are entitled to a lawyer during “proceedings.” The majority of the high court determined the word “proceedings” to mean court proceedings.

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