August 6, 2013

Contact Your Senators on Recess about UN Disabilities Treaty

J. Michael Smith
HSLDA President

J. Michael Smith is president of HSLDA. He has been an advocate for homeschooling for more than 30 years. Read more >>

On Friday, the U.S. Senate left for the August recess without bringing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) back for a vote. They will not return until Monday, September 9.

We know that the CRPD is going to return. Senator Tom Harkin (IA), one of the treaty’s strongest supporters, said as much in a speech on the Senate floor on July 26, 2013. You may watch it online starting at the 16:00 minute mark. Secretary of State John Kerry wrote an op-ed in USA Today pushing for ratification. The only reason the treaty has been delayed so long this year is your continued opposition to surrendering the care of children with disabilities to UN bureaucrats.

Make Your Voice Heard

Your two senators need to hear from you. They need to know that the voters—you—will never accept allowing the “best interests of the child standard” to override the care provided to children with disabilities by loving parents. They need to know that the voters—you—will never accept a national government registry of all children with disabilities. They need to know that the voters—you—will never accept allowing United Nations bureaucrats to supervise our nation’s sovereign responsibility to protect the freedom of people with disabilities. The CRPD does all of this and more. It must be rejected.

Please contact your senators and ask them to vote against the treaty when it comes up again.

  1. Both of your senators will be in their home state for the summer recess. We urge you to call their district office staff and set a time to meet. You can find their contact info by typing in your address or state in our Legislative Toolbox. Please note, some district offices may not be listed on our Legislative Toolbox page.
  2. Then, please send a letter or email to your two senators and again ask them to oppose the CRPD. A physical letter is best, but you can also use HSLDA’s new emailing tool to personalize and send a formatted email to your senators by filling out your information online.

Your message to your senators can be as simple as the following:

“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 Americans with disabilities. This treaty is unnecessary and will hurt families by giving bureaucrats the power to decide what is in the best interests of a child with disabilities, not the child’s parents.”

Thank you for joining us in this battle to protect our children and our children’s future. You defeated this treaty last year. Standing together, we can defeat this treaty once again.

 Other Resources

Find out more about the CRPD or print out materials for your visit with your senators.

Read the text of the CRPD.

Watch a powerful speech by Senator Orrin Hatch (UT).

Read an excellent analysis by former Senator Jon Kyl on the dangers posed to U.S. sovereignty by the CRPD.