Federal Legislation
March 11, 2013

H. Res. 19—“Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the Senate should ratify the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).”

Action Requested:
HSLDA urges you to call or write your U.S. representatives and urge them to oppose H. Res. 20.

Summary:
This resolution is designed to urge the Senate to pass the U.N. Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women often referred to as CEDAW (pronounced see-daw). Passage would demonstrate that the U.S. House firmly supports CEDAW.

Status:

1/4/2013 Referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

Sponsor: Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (NY-12)

Bill Summary and Status H.J.Res. 19

HSLDA’s Position:
Oppose.

Background:
CEDAW is a UN treaty signed by President Carter but never ratified by the U.S. Senate. The treaty calls on its signers to eliminate all forms of discrimination against women. If the Senate ratified this treaty, it and a UN committee’s directives would become the supreme law of the land due to the Supremacy Clause in our Constitution. HSLDA is concerned about giving the UN that much power over our daily lives; especially since the UN committee’s directives have included trying to eliminate the different traditional roles of men and women, and seeing women as mothers and teaching an understanding of a traditional family to children. HSLDA deems this treaty as very harmful and dangerous to homeschooling.

For more information, please see the following links:

CEDAW and Homeschooling Families

CEDAW and the International Threat to Homeschool Freedom

Women’s Rights Are Human Rights: U.S. Ratification of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)

Why the U.S. Has Not—and Should Not—Ratify CEDAW

CEDAW Harms Families