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12/4/2012 9:49:44 AM
Mike Smith--HSLDA
Senate Votes at Noon on UN Disabilities Treaty--Please Call One More Time

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Senate Votes at Noon on UN Disabilities
Treaty--Please Call One More Time

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Our Federal Relations staff are on the Hill, and they report that
supporters of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with
Disabilities (CRPD) are coming into Washington, D.C. in force today.
Supporters are pulling out the stops to sway enough Republican
senators to their side so they can get the necessary two-thirds vote
to ratify the CRPD at noon today.

They are going all in--and so must we.

Please take a moment right now to call two Republican senators. We
will have more than enough votes to stop this treaty if Republican
senators who have already expressed concern with this treaty vote
against it today. If you do not have Republican senators in your
state, please call ones in an adjoining state.
You can ask to be transferred to your senator's office through the
Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 or find phone numbers by clicking
on your state (or an adjoining state) in HSLDA's Congressional
Directory http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=16409 .

Please give the Senate staff some or all of this message:

"I urge the senator to oppose ratifying of the Convention on the
Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This treaty would surrender the
rights of parents whose children are disabled by establishing the
'best interests of the child' legal standard. We already have
excellent American-made law to protect persons with disabilities, and
the world is already not following our example. It would be foolish to
adopt a vehicle of international law in hopes that some foreign
governments will suddenly change their minds. This treaty also
redefines entitlements as 'economic, social, and cultural rights,'
which would have a tremendous impact on a host of domestic law issues.

"Thank you for protecting parental rights and American
self-government, and rejecting this giant step toward international
law and government control of our families. Vote no on the CRPD."

HSLDA supports protections for the disabled. We never opposed the ADA
or IDEA. But we draw the line at a treaty that surrenders our nation's
decision-making process to unelected, unaccountable UN bureaucrats.
Though supporters of the CRPD claim that the treaty will not make any
changes to U.S. law, the actual UN bureaucrats who are pushing this
treaty say otherwise.

At a United Nations meeting in New York City yesterday in recognition
of International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Josh Craddock, a
representative of Personhood USA, was monitoring the proceedings and
heard the following quote from Mr. Vladimir Cuk, social development
and human rights officer for the International Disability Alliance:

"How can UN really implement and enforce commitment to this document?
This can only be done, for example, through biannual reviews of member
states. We want clear recognition of the CRPD as a superseding
instrument." (comments begin at the 1:22:00 mark
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=16410 ).

The UN wants the CRPD to supersede our U.S. laws. This includes
sections in the CRPD requiring all decisions regarding children with
disabilities to be governed under "the best interests of the child
standard," which would allow UN bureaucrats to decide how children
with disabilities should be raised and educated, not their parents.
Mike Farris has shown this is the case in his exhaustive review of the
text of the CRPD http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=16411 law that will
govern it if it is ratified in Response to Senator Jay Rockefeller
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=16414 and "Proposed Reservations,
Understandings, and Declarations for the CRPD"
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=16412 .

For more information on the dangers of this treaty please visit our
CRPD page http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=16413 .

Thank you for standing with us for Liberty.

Sincerely,

J. Michael Smith, Esq.
President, HSLDA

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