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7/26/2002 3:24:43 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
National Action Alert--CEDAW Vote Postponed Again

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Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

On Thursday, July 25, 2002, The Senate Foreign Relations Committee
again delayed a scheduled vote on the United Nation's Convention
(treaty) on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against
Women (CEDAW). The vote has been rescheduled for Tuesday, July 30.
Chairman Joseph Biden has stated that the vote must come now in
committee if the full Senate will have an opportunity to take up the
treaty in September. We believe that a majority of the Senate Foreign
Relations Committee will vote in favor of CEDAW on Tuesday.

CEDAW represents an astounding transfer of influence over a nation's
domestic policy to the United Nations. It is a direct threat to those
Americans who respect the traditional family and American way of
life. CEDAW is administered by a 23-member committee of experts at
the UN. Given the broad language of the treaty to eliminate
"stereotypes" and "traditional roles of women," it is conceivable
that the freedom of home schoolers could be in jeopardy. Let me
illustrate why we are so concerned. In 1999, the CEDAW Committee
recommended the decriminalization of prostitution in China. It has
expressed concern that Belarus celebrates Mother's Day, and lectured
Armenia on the need to "combat the traditional stereotype of women in
the noble role of mother." The Committee has stated that too many
Slovenian mothers were staying home to raise their children. It has
urged the nation of Andorra to order a review of textbooks concerning
sex education used by the Catholic schools, given that a majority of
young women attend Catholic schools in that country. The Washington
Times reports that earlier this year the CEDAW committee criticized
Belgium for failing to achieve recommended political quotas for that
country. In response, Belgian officials announced a new law reserving
50 percent of all candidate slots for women.

Over 200 years ago, America fought a war so that we could decide
issues of domestic policy for ourselves. We should not give this
hard-fought right over to anyone other than our own elected
representatives. Unlike some other nations, our Constitution places
ratified treaties equal to the provisions of our Constitution and its
bill of rights. CEDAW represents a direct threat to our nation's
sovereignty.

ACTION REQUESTED

At this time, we urge all HSLDA members to contact the majority
leader of the Senate, Tom Daschle of South Dakota, and the Senate
minority leader, Trent Lott of Mississippi, and tell them that CEDAW
should not be considered for ratification.

We also urge everyone to call their Senators and urge them not to
ratify CEDAW.

To contact Senator Daschle, Lott and your Senators, you may access
their number at www.hslda.org/toolbox , or contact the Capitol
Switchboard at 202-225-3121.

Feel free to pass this email around to your friends and family as
well. Our sources on Capitol Hill tell us that many Senators are on
the fence about CEDAW. We need to convince them how dangerous this
treaty really is.

BACKGROUND

HSLDA Issues Folder on CEDAW
http://www.hslda.org/docs/nche/issues/U/UN_Women.asp

Washington Post: Senate Panel to Defy Bush, Vote on Women's Treaty
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A21765-2002Jul17.html

The Washington Times: Review to 'delay' women's treaty
http://www.washtimes.com/national/20020726-27598864.htm

Thank you for standing with us for freedom!

Sincerely,

Tom Washburne
Director, National Center for Home Education

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