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CRPD: We the People Must Rally Senators on Recess

November 25, 2013
Dear Champion of Parental Rights,

On November 21, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee held its second and likely final hearing on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). You can watch the first hearing from November 5, and the November 21 hearing.

Senator Bob Corker (TN) and Senator Marco Rubio (FL) deserve high praise for asking tough questions of Secretary of State John Kerry about the dangers posed by the treaty. Secretary Kerry was clearly not expecting the questions. At times he struggled to give a satisfactory answer about how the Obama administration was planning to ensure that the treaty did not affect U.S. sovereignty, educational freedom, or the abortion debate in the U.S. President Michael Farris President Michael Farris
Reason to Hope

Coupled with the excellent questions asked of witnesses by Senator Jeff Flake (AZ) and Senator Ron Johnson (WI) in the first hearing, these give us cause to be cautiously optimistic about the chances of once again defeating the CRPD. If one of these four senators is from your state, please take a moment to call his office or send him an email and thank him for attending these hearings and asking serious and thoughtful questions about the dangers posed by the CRPD. You can reach your senator through the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121, or via email.

The Senate will be on recess for Thanksgiving until Monday, December 9. It is absolutely crucial that your two senators hear from you that the Senate must not ratify this United Nations treaty. President Obama has mobilized top officials from across the federal government—including the Department of Defense and the State Department—to lobby the Senate and urge senators to ratify this UN treaty. The only way we will defeat this coordinated attack against U.S. sovereignty and parental rights is if We, the People, overwhelm the Senate with phone calls, emails, and letters.

We believe that supporters of the UN's CRPD will try to approve it in the committee the week of December 9, and then try to have the full Senate vote on the CRPD before Christmas.

Send a Message
You can reach your senators by calling the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121, by clicking on your state at and scrolling down to find their contact info, or by using HSLDA’s emailing tool to send a prewritten letter to your senators by filling out your information here.

Your message can be as simple as: “I urge you to oppose the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This treaty surrenders U.S. sovereignty to unelected UN bureaucrats and will threaten parental care of children with disabilities. Our nation already has laws to protect Americans with disabilities. This treaty is unnecessary and will hurt families by giving bureaucrats the power to decide what is in the best interests of a child with disabilities, not the child’s parents.”

You can click here to see which senators voted against the treaty in 2012. You can visit to learn more about the treaty, and you can read the text of the CRPD here.

Standing with you for Liberty

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