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7/17/2002 2:27:13 AM
Tom Washburne, Executive Director of the National Center for Home Education
National Action Alert--Committee Vote on U.N. Women's Treaty

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Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Home School Legal Defense Association has learned that the United
States Senate Foreign Relations Committee has scheduled a vote on the
Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against
Women (CEDAW) this Thursday, July 18, 2002.

ACTION REQUESTED

Please call your U.S. Senator listed below with the following
message: "Vote NO on the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms
of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). This treaty undermines the
American family." HSLDA is only targeting the Senators on the
following committee. If your Senator is not on the Foreign Relations
Committee (listed below), please contact the Chairman (Joseph Biden).
It is not necessary to identify yourself as a home schooler.

Future action may include a request to call the entire U.S. Senate.

US SENATE FOREIGN RELATIONS COMMITTEE

Joseph Biden (D-DE) 202-224-4524 (Chairman)
Jesse Helms, (R-NC) 202-224-6342 (Ranking Member)

George Allen (R-VA) 202-224-4024
Barbara Boxer (D-CA) 202-224-3553
Sam Brownback (R-KS) 202-224-6521
Lincoln Chafee (R-RI) 202-224-2921
Chris Dodd (D-CT 202-224-2853
Michael Enzi (R-WY) 202-224-3424
Russell Feingold (D-WI) 202-224-5323
Bill Frist (R-TN) 202-224-3344
Chuck Hagel (R-NE) 202-224-4224
John Kerry (D-MA) 202-224-2742
Richard Lugar (R-IN) 202-224-4814
Bill Nelson (D-FL) 202-224-5274
Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) 202-224-6472
Paul Sarbanes (D-MD) 202-224-4524
Gordon Smith (R-OR) 202-224-3753
Robert Torricelli (D-NJ) 202-224-3224
Paul Wellstone (D-MN) 202-224-5641

BACKGROUND

CEDAW is an international treaty drafted by the United Nations and
signed by President Jimmy Carter in 1980. We believe this treaty
would break down natural jurisdictional distinctions between the
individual, the family and the state. We have several problems with
this treaty:

1) CEDAW devotes major attention to women's reproductive rights. For
example, Article 5, provides for "a proper understanding of
maternity as a social function," demanding fully shared
responsibility for child rearing by both sexes.

2) CEDAW is the only human rights treaty to mention family planning.
Signatory nations are obliged to include advice on family planning in
the education process (Article l) and to develop family codes that
guarantee women's rights "to decide freely and responsibly on the
number and spacing of their children and to have access to the
information, education and means to enable them to exercise these
rights" (Article 16).

3) Article 10 of CEDAW requires all signatory countries to enact
legislation concerning "all forms of education." We are concerned
with the implications of this provision as it is so broad that in the
name of prohibiting discrimination, many institutions, such as single
sex colleges, may fall victim to its reach.

4) This treaty targets the traditional American family rights and
attempts to "liberate" mothers from their nurturing role in the
family. Consider how one CEDAW committee report scolded the nation
Belarus: "The Committee is concerned by the continuing prevalence of
sex role stereotypes and by the reintroduction of such symbols as a
Mother's Day and a Mother's Award, which it sees as encouraging
women's traditional roles. It is also concerned whether the
introduction of human rights and gender education aimed at countering
such stereotyping is being effectively implemented."

The Constitution requires a 2/3 majority of the Senate for the United
States to enter into such a treaty.

For a more detailed analysis on CEDAW please visit:

http://www.hslda.org/docs/nche/000000/00000024.asp

HSLDA will continue to inform our members of attempts to ratify this
treaty. Please join us in our opposition to CEDAW by contacting the
Senate Foreign Relations Committee and asking its members to oppose
this dangerous treaty.

Very truly yours,

Thomas Washburne
Director of the National Center for Home Education
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