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July 17, 2014
Senate Committee Schedules CRPD Vote - Call Today!
The U.S. Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee will vote on the dangerous UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) on Tuesday, July 22.
Now is the time to let the Senate hear loud and clear that Americans are firmly opposed to surrendering our sovereignty, parental rights, and the rights of people with disabilities to unelected, unaccountable UN bureaucrats. Please call and email your two U.S. senators right now and urge them to reject the CRPD. We need every single parent and concerned citizen to make their voice heard. Bad bills can be repealed, but once a treaty is ratified there is no going back.
You can reach your senators by calling the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121, or find their direct office line by clicking on your state at parentalrights.org/states. (You can also use the shortcut 4pra.us/ followed by the 2-letter postal abbreviation for your state. Live in Florida? That's 4pra.us/fl.)
Your message can be as simple as the following:
“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.”We do not have the votes to stop the CRPD in the Foreign Relations Committee. That is why we urge you to call not only the senators on the Committee, but also your own two senators. Please call even if your senator supports the treaty, or even if he or she opposes it. Every senator needs to hear from us. The following senators are on the Foreign Relations Committee:
ParentalRights.org opposes the CRPD because it says “in all actions concerning children with disabilities, the best interests of the child shall be a primary consideration.” If ratified by the Senate, government officials could use this section to override parents’ decisions for their child with a disability.
Other provisions of the CRPD promote abortion, require a national registry of all children with disabilities, and threaten U.S. sovereignty and our fundamental right to govern ourselves. The term “disability,” however, is not defined. Our nation already has the best laws in the world to protect Americans with disabilities, and we use our leadership and foreign aid overseas to urge nations to protect their own citizens with disabilities. This treaty is unnecessary and will weaken U.S. leadership by replacing our nation’s proven record on disability rights with UN “leadership.”
Some senate staff may argue that the CRPD isn’t dangerous because it can be amended with Reservations, Understandings, and Declarations (“RUDs”). No one has seen the proposed RUDs yet, so we don’t even know if they are well-written. But more importantly, RUDs are fatally flawed. The CRPD itself says in Article 46, “Reservations incompatible with the object and purpose of the present Convention shall not be permitted.” Who decides? The UN. International law experts have made the same arguments, and we cannot trust our freedom to five justices on the Supreme Court making the right ruling. In addition, a future Senate could withdraw RUDs.
Some senate staff may also argue that the recent Supreme Court ruling in Bond v. United States addresses our concerns. I answered this argument on HSLDA's site here. Bond was an incredibly narrow ruling, and it never addressed the treaty power issue. In fact, the concurring opinions by Justices Scalia, Thomas, and Alito prove that our concerns about UN treaties are completely justified.
The good news is that your action defeated the CRPD in 2012. By the grace of God, we can do it again. Please call right now and please also forward this email to your friends. You can visit parentalrights.org/crpd to learn more about the CRPD, and you can read the text of the CRPD here.
Michael P. Farris, JD, LLM
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