Please Call Your Two U.S. Senators Right Now to Reject UN Disabilities Treaty
Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,
We have received intelligence that this week supporters of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) will be lobbying in force for Senate ratification of this dangerous United Nations treaty. They are busing in activists, making phone calls, and pressuring lawmakers.
We must match their efforts. Please call your two U.S. senators right now and politely but firmly urge them to defeat the CRPD. You can reach your senators by calling the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and asking for them. You can also email them with our prewritten letter to your senators by filling out your information and then clicking the red “take action” button.
What to Say
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, instead of parents, the power to decide what is in the best interests of a child with disabilities.“
I know you are busy homeschooling your children. I know many of you have already called, and you may feel your senator is not listening to you. But I also know that your dedication to U.S. sovereignty, homeschool freedom, and parental rights made the difference in 2012 when the Senate rejected the CRPD. Please take the time to make these calls again. I know that if we are united in making our voices overwhelmingly heard, we can win again.
No Real Protection
Senate staffers may argue that the Senate Foreign Relations Committee added reservations, understandings, and declarations (“RUDs”) to the CRPD, including one which attempts to say that the treaty will not affect homeschooling. RUDs are considered to be weaker than treaty language under international law, as our recent analysis shows. Do we dare to trust our God-given right to direct the education and upbringing of our children to these RUDs?
Other staffers may argue that the treaty is only a statement of support for people with disabilities, and will not change U.S. law. Remind these staffers that Article VI of the U.S. Constitution says treaties that are ratified by the Senate “shall be the supreme Law of the land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.”
The U.S. already is the world leader in advancing the rights of persons with disabilities—we don’t need to ratify a UN treaty to remain the leader.
Thank you for calling. Please forward this email to your friends, and urge them to call as well. At this point, the CRPD has not yet been scheduled for a floor vote, which means that supporters of the treaty still do not yet have the votes. Your phone calls and letters are making the difference. In fact, Senator Orrin Hatch (UT), just gave a powerful speech on the Senate floor against the CRPD. We encourage you to watch it here.
To learn more about the CRPD and to read it for yourself, please click here.
Michael P. Farris, JD, LLM
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