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7/13/2012 2:27:13 PM
Mike Farris--HSLDA
Sen. Kerry: We'll Pass the CRPD by July 26!

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Update on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Senator John Kerry announced yesterday that he plans to pass the UN
Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities before July
26--just 13 days from today. He has scheduled a formal committee vote
next Thursday--July 19. This is an unprecedented attempt to jam a
binding international treaty through the Senate without proper time
for debate or consideration.

Yesterday's "hearing" was a carefully orchestrated attempt to get this
treaty ratified without any serious consideration. There were nine
total witnesses. Only two people opposed to the treaty were allowed to
testify--Steven Groves from Heritage Foundation and me.

The administration seeks to promote two ideas that are simply
inaccurate: 1. Disabled Americans who travel overseas will directly
benefit by U.S. ratification of this treaty; 2. Ratifying a treaty
does not require us to comply with international law.

They are arguing that a treaty is an empty promise with no actual
substance. The Supremacy Clause of the Constitution makes it clear
that the administration is wrong. Treaties form a part of the Supreme
Law of the Land once ratified.

And no one even attempted a serious answer to our core parental rights
concern.

Article 7 of the UNCRPD gives government the ability to override every
decision of a parent of disabled children if the government thinks
that its views are in "the best interest of the child."

This is a radical attempt to take away parental rights. Make no
mistake--if they succeed at ratifying this treaty, the Convention on
the Rights of the Child is next. This is not a battle just for parents
with disabled and special needs children. This is a battle for every
parent.

We absolutely must flood the U.S. Senate with phone calls. Senator
Durbin mentioned that they were hearing from homeschoolers (and he was
annoyed at us for voicing our opinion of his side's planned assault on
parental rights.) But, we need to do even more.

This is the most important issue that we will face this year. By July
26--up or down--we will either take another step toward becoming the
subjects of a world government OR we will preserve our rights as
American citizens.
I urge you all in the strongest possible terms--CALL BOTH OF YOUR U.S.
senators today. If you have called them in their Washington, D.C.
office--call them again in their in-state district offices which you
can find online.

The Capitol Switchboard's phone number is 202-224-3121, or use HSLDA's
Legislative Toolbox http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=15171

Get everyone you know to call their senators as well. Network.
Facebook. Phone lists. Every place you can network--please do it.

And pray like mad.

Taking away our parental rights won't build wheelchair ramps for
disabled Americans who travel to other countries. The promise being
made that this treaty will result in new accessibility options in
foreign countries is an illusion.

The demise of our parental rights is a certainty.

Call. Call. Pray. And Call.

Michael P. Farris, J.D., LL.M.
Chairman, HSLDA

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