Originally Sent: 6/12/2014
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Urgent Calls Needed to Stop State Assembly from Supporting UN Disabilities Treaty
Dear New Jersey Homeschoolers,
Urgent calls are needed to your representative in the New Jersey State Assembly. We have just received word that on Monday, June 16, the Assembly will vote on AR 75, a resolution urging the United States Senate to ratify the dangerous UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).
You can find your representative in the State Assembly by typing your address in HSLDA’s Legislative Toolbox. You can also use the New Jersey Legislature’s page here. You can also call the switchboard and ask for your representative:
There is no need to identify yourself as a homeschooler. Your message can be as simple as the following:
“I urge you to vote against AR 75. The United Nations disabilities treaty is a dangerous power-grab by unelected United Nations bureaucrats and would threaten our nation’s sovereignty and parental rights. It is not necessary, as the United States already has the best laws in the world to protect the rights of persons with disabilities, and our nation uses its leadership abroad to advocate for the rights of the disabled. Please focus on issues that are important to New Jersey, and reject this misguided attempt to pressure the United States Senate to ratify this dangerous treaty.”
The UNCRPD says “in all actions concerning children with disabilities, the best interests of the child shall be a primary consideration.” Not “parental rights,” as our U.S. Supreme Court has ruled. But “best interests of the child,” a legal term only used during divorce and abuse and neglect cases.
Government officials could use this section to override parental decisions for their child with a disability. Other provisions of this treaty threaten U.S. sovereignty, promote abortion rights, and require a national registry of all children with disabilities (the term “disability” isn’t even defined). The UNCRPD isn’t about protecting people with disabilities—our nation’s own laws and strong leadership overseas already do this. It’s about whether we will surrender our freedom to an unelected, unaccountable United Nations.
This treaty was narrowly defeated in the U.S. Senate in December 2012, but it is back. To find out more about why HSLDA opposes it, please visit HSLDA’s website.
Thank you for standing with us for liberty,
Scott A. Woodruff
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