Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Senate Rejects Ratification of UN Disabilities Treaty

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

Senate Rejects Ratification of UN Disabilities Treaty

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Due to your calls, emails, and office visits, the Senate minority stood strong and ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) was rejected by the U.S. Senate a short time ago.

The CRPD, which would take away American sovereignty and threaten parental rights, needed two-thirds of the Senate in order to pass. Although it gained a majority of votes, it failed on a vote of 61-38.

This is a great victory for parental rights, homeschool freedom, and children with special needs. The U.S. Senate rejected a treaty which would have allowed UN bureaucrats to decide what is in the "best interests" of children with disabilities, instead leaving those decisions with parents and caregivers, which is what existing U.S. law already requires. Visit http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=16434 to find out why HSLDA opposed this treaty.

We encourage you to visit http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=16435 to find out how your senators voted, and please send them an email of thanks (this information will be posted in a few hours, but we wanted to let you know this good news right now).

Yet despite this victory, the battle is not over.  This treaty and other dangerous UN treaties can come up at any time. We must stay informed and be ready at any moment to take action again.   Without a Parental Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which would supersede these treaties, we are susceptible to these constant attacks against our rights as Americans and the right the raise our children how we see fit. You can find out more about the Parental Rights Amendment at http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=16436 .

Thank you again to all of you who took action against this treaty and special thanks to those of you in the Congressional Action Program (CAP) who came out to Washington, D.C. to lobby senators against the CRPD.


J. Michael Smith
HSLDA President

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