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11/16/2010 11:09:34 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Calls Needed--Senate Subcommittee to Hold Hearing on U.N CEDAW Treaty

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Calls Needed--Senate Subcommittee to Hold Hearing on U.N CEDAW Treaty

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Congress failed to hear the message the American people sent on
Election Day. On Thursday, November 18, during Congress' lame-duck
session, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Human
Rights and the Law will hold a hearing on the Convention on the
Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).
Urgent calls are needed to oppose this treaty.

BACKGROUND

CEDAW is an international treaty drafted by the United Nations in
1979. Although it was signed by the Carter administration, it has
never been ratified by the U.S. Senate. While it was intended for a
good purpose--stopping discrimination against women and
girls--ratification by the U.S. Senate would not provide any greater
protections to women and would actually cause irreparable harm to
American sovereignty and to homeschool families. We urge you to read
a detailed analysis of CEDAW and how it threatens homeschool freedom
at http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=9640 .

If CEDAW is ratified, it will embolden internationalists to attempt
ratification of additional treaties. HSLDA fears that approving CEDAW
would be the first step toward ratification of the Convention on the
Rights of the Child, which would cause even greater harm to homeschool
freedom and parental rights. You can read Mike Farris' detailed
analysis of the U.N. children's rights treaty at
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=9641 .

ACTION REQUESTED

If your senator is listed below, please call him immediately and urge
him to oppose CEDAW.

If you choose, you can identify yourself as a homeschooler and explain
how ratification of CEDAW would harm you specifically. You can use
some or all of the following message:

"Please oppose the United Nation's CEDAW treaty during the hearing on
Thursday, November 18. CEDAW would cause great harm to American
sovereignty. Additionally, it will hurt the freedom of parents to
choose how to educate their children and would allow the federal
government to regulate how schools and parents teach their children
under the guise of eliminating gender bias. Finally, it will not
provide any greater protection to women and girls because U.S. laws
and foreign policy already protect women from discrimination."

The following senators are on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee's
Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law. If your senator is not on
the committee, call the chairman and urge him to oppose CEDAW:

Richard Durbin (IL), chairman (202) 224-2152
Russell Feingold (WI) (202) 224-5323
Benjamin Cardin (MD) 202-224-4524
Edward Kaufman (DE) (202) 224-5042
Arlen Specter (PA) 202-224-4254
Al Franken (MN) (202) 224-5641
Lindsey Graham (SC) (202) 224-5972

Tom Coburn (OK)--calls not needed--Senator Coburn opposes CEDAW
John Cornyn (TX)--calls not needed--Senator Cornyn opposes CEDAW


You can visit HSLDA's Legislative Toolbox at
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=9642 to find more contact
information for your U.S. senators. We encourage you to send emails
using the link above to thank senators Coburn and Cornyn for their
opposition to CEDAW.

Thank you for standing with us for freedom.

Sincerely,

Mike Smith
President, HSLDA

ADDITIONAL MATERIALS:

United Nation's webpage on CEDAW:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=9643

Concerned Women for America Article on CEDAW:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=9644

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