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September 7, 2012
Urgent CRPD Message from Michael Farris:
Preserve American Sovereignty on Constitution Day!
Wednesday morning we received word that proponents of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) are pushing for a September vote in the Senate. As I explained in an earlier email, this treaty is bad news for American sovereignty and bad news for families. We must stop it from coming to a vote in September.

So I urge you to visit the local offices of your U.S. Senators on Monday, September 17 – the anniversary of the adoption of the U.S. Constitution.

Some allied organizations are coordinating group visits, and I would encourage you to take advantage of those if you can. But whether you go with a group or invest 5 crucial minutes on your own, an in-person visit is by far the single greatest impact you can have. It far out-weighs emails or even a phone call!

Our goal is to have at least a dozen constituents visit each senator. So if you plan to participate, please let us know by sending an email to

Who Do I Need to Visit?
The 15 senators listed here are already committed to stand with us and do not require your visit, though you might drop by long enough to say, “Thank you.”

The office locations of targeted senators are listed here. If your senator’s office is not listed, you can find it through their website, which you can find by clicking on your state at

Either way, I cannot urge you strongly enough: please visit your Senators on September 17!

What Do I Say?
Here are a few talking points you might share when you visit:
  • Under Article VI of the U.S. Constitution, the CRPD will become the “supreme law of the land,” overriding anything to the contrary in local, state, or federal law.
  • Parents of disabled children know better than anyone what it is like to have bureaucrats and officials second-guessing their every decision. Article 7 of the CRPD will take away their right to be the ultimate decision makers for their child.
  • The Understandings adopted by the Senate are poorly worded and do not have the legal effect proponents claim they will. The so-called “private action” understanding, for instance, does not uphold “current” U.S. law. Omission of the word “current” means the U.S. will be obligated to make changes in our law in order to fulfill our commitment under the treaty.
  • Ratifying the CRPD would be the first time we have obligated our nation to recognize social, economic, and cultural entitlements and privileges as “rights” under domestic law.
In addition to these points, you can also take with you a copy of my response to Senator Rockefeller, available here.

I realize that in some states a visit to your senators’ offices means a serious investment of time and travel. But your senators realize this, too – which is why your visit can be so very important.

Please join us in standing up for America and for your rights this Constitution Day.


Michael Farris
Parental Rights Amend. House Cosponsors
Includes HJRes110 lead sponsor, Rep. Trent Franks.
Latest addition Aug. 3, 2012.
Parental Rights Amendment Senate Cosponsors
Includes SJRes42 lead sponsor, Sen. Jim DeMint.
Latest addition July 23, 2012.
Senators Opposing CRPD Ratification
Senators who have indicated they oppose ratification.
Latest addition Aug. 24, 2012.
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