Them Before Us: Why We Need a Global Children’s Rights Movement

By Stacy Manning, Robert George

You probably have a pretty good idea of the adult viewpoints on marriage, infertility, reproductive technologies, same-sex parenting, divorce, and adoption.

But have you ever considered the kids’ perspective?

Them Before Us blazes a new trail through the difficult terrain of marriage and family issues. It’s the only book that filters the complexities of marriage, familial relationships, and reproductive technologies through the lens of a child’s right to be raised by both their mother and father.

This book features the real-life stories of children by the hundreds, and every story makes the irrefutable case that a child’s mother and father are critical to their mental, physical, and emotional well-being.

Them Before Us dispels prevalent myths concerning children’s rights, such as:

  • Kids only need love and safety—moms and dads are optional.
  • Love makes a family; biology is irrelevant.
  • Marriage is a vehicle for adult fulfillment—it has nothing to do with kids.
  • Children are resilient and will “get over” divorce.
  • Studies show that kids with same-sex parents fare “no different” than kids with a mom and dad.
  • Sperm and egg donor kids are fortunate because they are so wanted.
  • Surrogacy is a great way to help wannabe parents have a baby.
  • Reproductive technologies are no different than adoption.

This well-researched book identifies the wide-ranging harms resulting from mother- and father-loss, and it provides a roadmap for effective children’s rights advocacy. Whether you’re seeking to make sense of your own fractured childhood, or yearn to prevent similar struggles for the next generation, Them Before Us will equip you to be the adult who should have advocated for you as a child.

By defending children’s rights, we protect the heart of every child and set a course that will decimate a myriad of the social ills currently plaguing our world. When we disregard those rights, children are reduced to commodities to be cut and pasted into any and every adult relationship.

Them Before Us clarifies how children have a right to their mother and father, and that defending those rights can change the world.