August 13, 2013

Tell Your Senators that President Obama is Wrong

William A. Estrada, Esq.
Director of Federal Relations

Will Estrada has been leading our efforts to defend homeschooling on Capitol Hill since 2006. As the oldest of eight kids, and a homeschool graduate who married a homeschool graduate, he has a passion for protecting homeschool freedom. Read more >>

Over the past few days, supporters of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) have stepped up their efforts to pressure wavering senators to ratify the CRPD when Congress returns in September.

On Saturday, President Obama spoke to the Disabled American Veterans and commented on the CRPD:

“And I know how disappointing it was last year when the Senate failed to approve the Disabilities Treaty despite the fact that we had a former senator and World War II veteran, Bob Dole, in the Senate chamber. But we’re going to keep fighting to ratify that treaty, because the United States has always been a leader for the rights of the disabled. We believe that disabled Americans like you deserve the same opportunities to work and to study and to travel in other countries as any other American. It’s the right thing to do. We need to get it done.”

(The President’s full speech is available here.)

The day before, Secretary of State John Kerry released a four-minute video also urging ratification of the CRPD.

It is urgent that you push back. The momentum is building for the Senate to ratify this dangerous treaty when senators return after Labor Day.

The CRPD will allow the “best interests of the child” standard to override the care provided to children with disabilities by loving parents. It will also require a national government registry of all children with disabilities. It will create a committee of unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats to supervise nations which ratify the CRPD, and how they are implementing the mandates of the treaty. You can read the text of the CRPD and our additional concerns online.

We urge you to visit your senators and their staff at their district offices in your state this month. If you cannot do this, please send them a letter urging them to reject the CRPD. To find out how to visit them or write to them, please click here.

You can also find out how to visit your senators by calling the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and talking to their staff in D.C. You can also find their contact info by using our Legislative Toolbox.

For more information on the CRPD and HSLDA’s stance against the treaty please visit our CRPD info page Heritage Foundation released an excellent rebuttal of Secretary Kerry’s video available at And World magazine published a recent news story about the Obama administration’s new push to ratify the CRPD.

Thank you for continuing to fight for parental rights, homeschool freedom, and U.S. sovereignty. We won this battle last December. With your help and by the grace of God, we can defeat this United Nations treaty once again.