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November 30, 2012 Print

Senate Scheduled To Vote On Disability Treaty Tuesday

by Bethany Monk

The Senate is slated to vote next week on a United Nations (U.N.) treaty that threatens the rights of parents with disabilities, prompting both CitizenLink and a national parental rights organization to urge people to contact their respective U.S. Senators and encourage them to reject it.

Signed by President Obama in 2009, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) would override state and federal protections for parental rights. It needs two-thirds approval by the Senate for ratification.

Carrie Gordon Earll, senior director of Issue Analysis for CitizenLink, said parents of children with disabilities are especially concerned.

“The federal Americans with Disabilities Act recognizes parental rights to make decisions about the care and education of their children,” Earll said. “This treaty would supersede that law, putting the government in more of a decision-making role on critical issues. The best interest of the child should be a parental decision, not a government one.”    

Homeschool Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), a nonprofit organization in Virginia dedicated to protecting family freedoms, is imploring the public vocalize their opposition to the treaty by calling lawmakers. 

“We are urging concerned citizens, whether or not you have a child with disabilities, to call your two United States senators,” said HSLDA Director of Federal Relations Will Estrada.

“Give them this simple message: ‘Don’t cede U.S. sovereignty to the United Nations. Protect children. Protect parents. Protect people who have disabilities by ensuring that our country’s law apply to them, not unelected unaccountable United Nations bureaucrats,’” Estrada said. 

U.S. Senators can be reached via the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121.

CitizenLink is also asking people to speak up against the treaty via its Action Center website, featured below.

A vote is expected on Tuesday, December 4 so please ask your senators to oppose the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities. You can email them directly through the CitizenLink Action Center.

Read the letter signed by 36 senators who oppose the treaty.

Read the CRPD.

Read HSLDA’s background paper on the CRPD.