Senate Resolution 92: Urges U.S. Ratification of and Illinois Compliance with UN Children's Rights Convention

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Senate Resolution 92: Urges U.S. Ratification of and Illinois Compliance with UN Children's Rights Convention
Sponsors:
Senator Kimberly Lightford
Summary:

SR 92 urges the U.S. Senate to ratify the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and urges all Illinois state agencies to "ensure that their policies and programs comply with" the CRC. SR 92 is a resolution (not a bill), so it would not have the force of law if adopted. However, its adoption could influence the U.S. Senate toward ratification of the treaty. And even if the U.S. Senate never ratifies the CRC, adoption of SR 92 could push all Illinois state agencies and thousands of Illinois agency employees toward incorporating aspects of the CRC into their daily agendas. SR 92 urges state agencies to "comply" with the CRC, thus motivating and supporting them in making it a priority to implement aspects of the CRC where ever possible in their programs and policies.

HSLDA's Position:

SR 92 pushes the U.S. and Illinois toward the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). If ratified, the CRC would be binding law—not just a statement of hope. As stated in a pro-CRC resolution in Rhode Island, the CRC "would become superior to the laws [and constitutions] of the states and their judicial systems, and would be subordinate only to the text of the Constitution." It would trump every state law and constitution, every U.S. Supreme Court decision, and every right we now enjoy that is not in the text of the Constitution. Parental rights are not in the text of the Constitution, so the CRC would overpower them. The government would have power to control every aspect of parent-child relations—and the Constitution, as now written, could not stop it.

Action Requested:
Status:

03/08/2011 (Senate) Filed with Secretary
03/08/2011 (Senate) Referred to Assignments
03/29/2011 (Senate) Assigned to Executive
04/06/2011 (Senate) Postponed in Executive Committee

Senator Lightford did not bring her bill forward to be heard, which has resulted in the bill's eventual failure to pass. Thank you for all your help in defeating SR 92!

Background:

An excellent and well-footnoted document explaining in orderly fashion why the CRC should not be adopted is available online.

The correct terminology for referring to SR 92 is "resolution." It is not a "bill." However, both resolutions and bills are referred to as "legislation", so it is appropriate to refer to SR 92 as a piece of "legislation."

 Other Resources

Bill Text

Bill History

E-lert March 23, 2011—Call to Stop Illinois from Adopting U.N. Parent-Child Policy

"Twenty Things You Should Know about the CRC"