Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Committee Vote Tomorrow on UN Treaty—Keep Calling!


After a brief postponement the U.S. Senate has decided to continue to push forward the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and has scheduled a mark-up and committee vote for tomorrow. As we have mentioned in previous updates, HSLDA believes that this treaty, while sounding good in name, could become a tool to restrict our rights as citizens and parents.

While some senators on the Foreign Relations Committee expressed such concerns, the majority still support the treaty. We urge you to continue to contact your senators and share your concerns about the risks of signing the UN CPRD. Please also urge all of your friends and family to call their senators.

You can call the U.S. Senate switchboard at (202) 224-3121, or use HSLDA’s Legislative Toolbox to contact your senators and oppose this dangerous treaty.

Please give your senators some or all of the following message:

“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 control over children with disabilities. Our nation already has laws to protect disabled Americans. This treaty is unnecessary and will hurt families. If the Senate ratifies this treaty, it would be the first time ever that the U.S. has ratified a treaty that obligates us to recognize economic, social, and cultural entitlements as rights under domestic law. Please take the time to examine this treaty carefully.”

You can read more about our concerns with the UN CRPD online.

Thank you for taking action!

Michael P. Farris, J.D., LL.M.
Chairman, HSLDA

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