From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


7/29/2002 2:19:41 PM
J. Michael Smith, Esq., President of HSLDA
Urgent Action Alert--Virginians Must Call Senator Allen Today!

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

Several reliable sources in the U.S. Senate have told HSLDA that
Virginia Senator George Allen is likely to vote for the ratification
of CEDAW (the United Nations Convention for the Elimination of All
Forms of Discrimination Against Women) in the Senate Foreign
Relations Committee. The vote is scheduled for tomorrow, Tuesday July

CEDAW is expected to pass tomorrow regardless of Senator Allen's
vote. However, his vote in committee will carry significant weight
with his colleagues if and when CEDAW comes to the full Senate for
ratification in the next several months. In other words, Mr. Allen's
vote in committee may mean the difference between final passage or
rejection on the floor.

This vote may be one of the most significant votes concerning
traditional family values in the last several decades.


Please call U.S. Senator Allen IMMEDIATELY and urge him to OPPOSE the
CEDAW treaty. His direct number is: 202.224.4024.


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

HSLDA Issues Folder on CEDAW

Washington Post: Senate Panel to Defy Bush, Vote on Women's Treaty

The Washington Times: Review to 'delay' women's treaty

Please stand with us to protect family freedom in America. Call
Senator Allen today!

Sincerely yours,

J. Michael Smith, Esq.
President, Home School Legal Defense Association

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