Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The PRA and the CRPD Both Advance

The Parental Rights Amendment (PRA) has been drafted and is being circulated in the House as Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) secures original cosponsors. We are very pleased with its early progress: in just 4 days before Congress went on recess, the PRA list of cosponsors reached double digits. (Rep. Frank Wolf of Virginia, the tenth cosponsor, signed on last Friday.)

Meanwhile, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) has shown that it is still a threat to American parental rights. Senior staff connected to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee have told Mike Farris face-to-face that a series of three hearings on the CRPD is planned to start sometime in June. Regardless of the exact date, there is no doubt this treaty will be returning soon. The time for action is now!

Action Items: Visit or Call

As alluded to earlier, Congress is on recess this week, so its members are in their home districts. That means that this week is a great time to make a local phone call or visit regarding these two matters.

First, call or visit your congressman and invite them to cosponsor the Parental Rights Amendment. Let them (or their staff) know to contact Patrick Fleming in Rep. Mark Meadows’ office for more information or to sign on in support. If they ask for a bill number, point out that we are seeking original cosponsors – a bill number has not yet been assigned.

If your congressman agrees to cosponsor, let them know that if they include Michael@parentalrights.org on their email to Rep. Meadows’ staff, we will update our website immediately to reflect their support.

To find contact information for your congressman, visit ParentalRights.org/states and click on your state. Then, click on the link to your congressman’s website for specific local offices and give them a call. If you can, try to enlist a few friends to go with you for a brief 5-10 minute visit.

Then, call or visit your senators and urge them to reject ratification of the CRPD. Let them know you care too much about American sovereignty and parental rights to ratify any treaty that would dictate U.S. domestic law over our families. If they deny that the CRPD would have this effect, urge them to take the time to be absolutely sure. And if they tell you our ratification will only create changes in other nations, ask them politely to show you the article that empowers the U.S. to govern other nations if we ratify the treaty.

You can find your senators’ contact information through ParentalRights.org/States by clicking on your state, then on the web link next to your senators’ names. Please gather a few friends and schedule a 5-10 minute visit in your senators’ local offices.

We will keep a close eye on both of these in the days ahead. We will watch with excitement as the list of PRA cosponsors grows, and we will keep you alerted to any movement on the CRPD. (When it arises, we plan to host events in D.C. and locally to help ensure its defeat. Please plan to join us if you can, and we will get you the dates as soon as we know them!)

Please Donate

Our diligence and preparation come at a cost. Defeating the CRPD while driving the PRA forward is neither an easy nor an inexpensive task. If you are able, please donate today to ParentalRights.org to keep both efforts going strong. Only with your help can we preserve parental rights in America for the next generations.

Thank you for standing with us to protect parental rights and American sovereignty from international intrusion.


Michael Ramey
Director of Communications & Research

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