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December 11, 2012
No Rest for the VictorsLast week we shared a tremendous victory. The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which would remove the right of parents to make decisions for their children with disabilities, was defeated in the U.S. Senate.
Needing 66 votes (of 99, due to the absence of Senator Kirk), the treaty only garnered 61, with 38 opposed.
We won this victory through your persistent phone calls, emails, and social networking to spread the message of the dangers posed to our families and American sovereignty.
Unfortunately, we cannot relax and enjoy the win; proponents of the treaty have already announced that they will not give up.
Immediately following the vote, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) announced, “I plan to bring this treaty up for a vote again in the next Congress.”
The following day, Senator Harkin (D-IA) promised in an article in the Des Moines Register, “We’re going to come back in January, we’re going to come back in February, and we’re not giving up, and we’re going to bring this up again.”
It is true: treaties such as the CRPD and the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) can be brought up again and again – until we adopt the Parental Rights Amendment. That proposal would add to the U.S. Constitution, in part, that “[n]o treaty may be adopted nor shall any source of international law be employed to supersede, modify, interpret, or apply to [parental rights].”
With your help, we will continue to stand against these threats and champion the Parental Rights Amendment solution. We will continue to see victories like we saw last week.
But we cannot do it without you.
We used resources last week to halt this treaty – resources made available through your generous donations. We purchased ads and phone-in campaigns in key states, as well as paying for the extra emails we sent urging supporters to call. But we purchased them from funds we needed for the ongoing operations of the organization.
Now we need to replenish those funds so that we can continue our efforts when Senator Reid launches the treaty again in January.
Would you help us today with the largest gift you can manage? Only with your help can we keep up with these repeated attacks.
Thank you for standing with us last week to halt this treaty, and thank you for your continued support as we protect parental rights in the next Congress.
Director of Communications & Research
P.S. – Whether or not you are able to give, please continue to spread the word about the dangers of this treaty. Our opponents and the media have taken up a concerted effort to paint our concerns as “unfounded fears,” rather than argue them on their merits. You are among the only ones interested in showing the facts. Please forward this email on, send your friends to ParentalRights.org/crpd to read more, or join the discussion on our Facebook page (and click “like”)!
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