July 30, 2002

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Passes CEDAW

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed this morning, July 30, 2002, the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). This vote in favor of the treaty was not unexpected. We are pleased that some of the Senators which were "on the fence", came our way in the final hours. We are confident that your calls helped make the difference. The Senate now goes out of session until September. We will be in touch as we work on strategy to see to it that CEDAW is not ratified by the full Senate. Chairman Joseph Biden (D-DE) has indicated his intention of seeing the treaty ratified this fall.

The following Senators voted in favor of the treaty at the Committee level: Biden (DE), Sarbanes (MD), Dodd (CT), Kerry (MA), Feingold (WI), Wellstone (MN), Boxer (CA), Torricelli (NJ), Nelson (FL), Rockefeller (WV), Smith (OR), Chafee (RI).

The following voted to oppose the treaty in the Foreign Relations Committee: Helms (NC), Lugar (IN), Hagel (NE), Frist (TN), Allen (VA), Brownback (KS), Enzi (WY).

Below is the press release we sent out earlier today and several recent news articles:

HSLDA To Continue Fight In Senate Against UN CEDAW Treaty

HSLDA Issues Folder on CEDAW

CNSNews.com: Senate Committee Votes for UN 'Women's Rights' Treaty

The Christian Science Monitor: Women's treaty revives old debates