From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


7/9/2012 11:25:46 AM
Mike Smith--HSLDA
Urgent Calls Needed: Senate Committee to hold Hearing on Dangerous UN Treaty

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

Urgent Calls Needed: Senate Committee
to hold Hearing on Dangerous UN Treaty

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Who should make critical decisions regarding the care and raising of
children who have disabilities? Their parents or United Nations social

That is the question as the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
holds a hearing on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with
Disabilities (CRPD) Thursday, July 12. This treaty, if ratified by the
U.S. Senate, would turn the parent-child relationship on its head by
establishing a dangerous new legal standard for dealing with children
with disabilities: the best interests of the child standard. The CRPD
states: "In all actions concerning children with disabilities, the
best interests of the child shall be a primary consideration." Article

This simple sentence means that any decision a parent makes regarding
the care, education, or upbringing of a child who has any disability
could be subject to review by a social worker, court, or even a United
Nation's official.

We urge you to do two things. First, please call your two U.S.
senators and urge them to oppose this dangerous United Nations
power-grab. The Capitol Switchboard phone number is 202-224-3121, or
you can use HSLDA's Legislative Toolbox . Second, please call the
White House and urge President Obama to withdraw the CRPD. The White
House Switchboard phone number is 202-456-1414.

It is not necessary to identify yourself as a homeschooler. Your
message can be as simple as the following:

"Please oppose ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of
Persons with Disabilities. It is outrageous that U.S. senators would
support a treaty that surrenders U.S. sovereignty and family decisions
to unelected UN bureaucrats. Our nation already has laws to protect
disabled Americans. This treaty is unnecessary and will hurt

HSLDA Founder and Chairman Mike Farris has written a memo on the
dangers to U.S. sovereignty, family freedom, and homeschooling if the
U.S. Senate votes to ratify the CRPD. You can read his memo here: In addition, Mike Farris will
testify against the CRPD on Thursday.

We encourage you to read the text of the UN Convention on the Rights
of Persons with Disabilities .
People with disabilities are precious. Parents who are raising
children with disabilities will tell you it is one of the hardest
things they have ever done, but also one of the most rewarding things
in life. We all want to show our love and care for people with
disabilities. This treaty, however, is not the way to do it. There are
numerous state and federal laws which protect our precious citizens
with disabilities. The CRPD - if ratified by the Senate - would do
great harm to disabled children and adults by subjecting parents,
families, and caregivers to UN oversight, regulation, and control. For
specific harm to homeschool families, you can read our additional
research paper .

Thank you for standing with us for liberty.

Very truly yours,

J. Michael Smith, Esq.
President, HSLDA

P.S. Please also forward this email to your family and friends and
encourage them to call their U.S. senators. Families, not the United
Nations, are best suited to care for their loved ones with
disabilities. We don't need unelected international bureaucrats to
tell us how to do that.

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