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7/30/2002 3:44:58 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Update--Senate Foreign Relations Committee Passes CEDAW

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The Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed this morning, July 30,
2002, the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms
of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). This vote in favor of the
treaty was not unexpected. We are pleased that some of the Senators
which were "on the fence", came our way in the final hours. We are
confident that your calls helped make the difference. The Senate now
goes out of session until September. We will be in touch as we work
on strategy to see to it that CEDAW is not ratified by the full
Senate. Chairman Joseph Biden (D-DE) has indicated his intention of
seeing the treaty ratified this fall.

The following Senators voted in favor of the treaty at the Committee
level: Biden (DE), Sarbanes (MD), Dodd (CT), Kerry (MA), Feingold
(WI), Wellstone (MN), Boxer (CA), Torricelli (NJ), Nelson (FL),
Rockefeller (WV), Smith (OR), Chafee (RI).

The following voted to oppose the treaty in the Foreign Relations
Committee: Helms (NC), Lugar (IN), Hagel (NE), Frist (TN), Allen
(VA), Brownback (KS), Enzi (WY).

Below is the press release we sent out earlier today. Thank you for
standing with us for freedom.

Sincerely,

Thomas Washburne
Director, National Center for Home Education
Home School Legal Defense Association


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HSLDA TO CONTINUE FIGHT IN SENATE AGAINST UN CEDAW TREATY

Date: July 30, 2002
Contact: Robert Ziegler 540 338 8663
robert@hslda.org

Home School Legal Defense Association today pledged its continued
opposition to CEDAW after the Senate Foreign Relations Committee
passed the treaty by a 12-7 vote. The treaty now goes to the full
Senate where it is expected to be debated in the Fall.

" We will do everything in our power to stop ratification of this
treaty by the full Senate," said Tom Washburne, director of HSLDA's
National Center for Home Education. "It violates our national
sovereignty and will put the United Nations in the heart of family
decisions and give it oversight over all forms of education"

CEDAW stands for the UN Convention for the Elimination of all forms
of Discrimination Against Women.

CEDAW is a broadly worded treaty open to numerous interpretations.
The treaty addresses everything from education to the size of
families. It is interpreted by a panel of 23 "experts" at the United
Nations. These experts have recommended the decriminalization of
prostitution in China; expressed concern that Belarus celebrates
Mother's Day; lectured Armenia on the need to "combat the traditional
stereotype of women in the noble role of mother"; stated that too
many Slovenian mothers were staying home to raise their children;
and, urged the nation of Andorra to order a review of textbooks used
by the Catholic schools concerning sex education.

"Over two hundred years ago, the founder's of this nation fought a
war so that Americans could decide our own affairs," Washburne said.
"Since that time, every generation of Americans have fought to
preserve this freedom. Today, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee
took the first step in handing over our freedoms to the United
Nations. If the Senate does not believe it has the expertise to
administer foreign policy, the remedy is not for these Senators to
transfer this authority to the United Nations, but to find a new job.
America already prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex. CEDAW
is simply the radical feminists' attempt to achieve through the
United Nations what they have been unable to achieve through
America's legislatures and courts"

The following groups have expressed their opposition to the
ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of
All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.

American Association of Christian Schools
American Family Association
American Policy Center
American Renewal
American Values
Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute
Christian Coalition
Concerned Women of America
Eagle Forum
Family Research Council
Focus on the Family
Home School Legal Defense Association
National Center for Home Education
National Institute of Womanhood
National Right to Life Committee
People Advancing Christian Education
Religious Freedom Coalition
Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission
Traditional Values Coalition
Traditions, Family, Property Inc
Wilberforce Forum

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