November 27, 2012

Vote on United Nations Disability Treaty Imminent: Calls Needed!

William A. Estrada, Esq.
Director of Federal Relations

Read more about the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the threat it poses, and how you can stop it.

Read more about the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the threat it poses, and how you can stop it! >>

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On Monday afternoon, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (NV) stated that the Senate would begin consideration of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. A vote could be as early as Thursday, November 29.

We need you to call your senators’ offices (even if you have already done so) urging them to stand against the CRPD and protect U.S. sovereignty.

If the CRPD is ratified, Article 7 of this treaty would establish the “best interests of the child” legal standard. This would override the traditional fundamental right of parents to direct the education and upbringing of their child with special needs.

Hidden Dangers

Many senators are under the misconception that this treaty will not harm Americans or change U.S. law. They believe that due to certain Reservations, Understands, and Declarations (RUDs) in the treaty that American sovereignty is protected. This is just not the case; there are massive loopholes in these RUDs.

For instance, a disability is not defined in the treaty. Who is affected by this treaty is left undecided and could be left up to the determination of some UN bureaucrat. You can read about the loopholes in the RUDs in more detail online (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader).

“The United Nations and globalists are determined to impose their agenda on American families.”

Mike Farris
HSLDA Founder, international law expert

Proponents of this treaty admit that the U.S. has the best disability laws in the world, but urge the U.S. to ratify the treaty so our nation “has a seat at the table at the UN to advocate for disabled people.” HSLDA believes that our nation already is a strong advocate for the disabled and that risking our nation’s sovereignty and threatening parental rights is not worth a position at a discussion forum.

Sounding the Alarm

On Monday afternoon, Senator Mike Lee (UT), Rick Santorum, and HSLDA’s Mike Farris held a press conference on Capitol Hill warning of these dangers. Mike Farris stated that the “CRPD is a warm-up act for other UN treaties, chief of which is the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). The United Nations and globalists are determined to impose their agenda on American families.”

“This is a direct assault on us and our family to hand over to the state the ability to make medical determinations and see what is in the best interest of the child,” Santorum also remarked.

HSLDA is grateful for the strong leadership of Mike Lee (UT), Jim DeMint (SC), Rand Paul (KY), and Pat Toomey (PA). If one of these senators is from your state, please thank them for standing against the UN and for parents and American sovereignty.

We cannot give the United Nations the power to decide what is best for our children. We need you to call both of your U.S. senators right now and urge them to oppose the CRPD. You can call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask for your senators or use our Congressional Directory to find your senators’ contact information.

Take Action

Please give them some or all of this message:

“I urge you to oppose the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This treaty surrenders U.S. sovereignty to unelected UN bureaucrats and will threaten parental care of children with disabilities. Our nation already has laws to protect disabled Americans. This treaty is unnecessary and will hurt families. If the Senate ratifies this treaty, it would be the first time ever that the U.S. has ratified a treaty that obligates us to recognize economic, social, and cultural entitlements as rights under domestic law.”

Then, please contact your friends and family and urge them to call as well. Please also share this information on social media to help get the word out to every parent and freedom-loving person in America.

For more information on the dangers of this treaty please visit our CRPD page.

 Other Resources

Heritage Foundation: Disabilities Treaty Will Not Help Americans with Disabilities

C-FAM: Factsheet On UN Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities (CRPD)

Video of Senator Mike Lee (UT) opposing the CRPD on the Senate floor.

The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: A Danger to Homeschool Families