The speech by Connecticut Superior Judge Charles Gill, as well as the American Academy of Pediatric's call for a child's rights constitutional amendment at the Annual Chapter Forum require critical reevaluation (AAP News, Nov. 1996). Judge Gill did not raise a single compelling issue that demands an amendment recognizing children's rights. The impact of legislation on children can be established legislatively, as was done for the spotted owl. It is doubtful that a constitutional amendment would have changed the outcome of any of his disheartening stories.
Yes, the word "children" is not mentioned in the Constitution of the United States, but neither are the words "father," "mother," "parent" or "family." Children, however, are not excluded from the most frequently used words - "people" and "persons."