We just dodged an anti-second amendment bullet… no pun intended, when the United States did not sign the UN gun ban treaty. It was a major, but temporary victory that will have to be fought again. And that same day we almost dodged another U.N. Treaty bullet that many people were not even aware of, the United Nations Treaty on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities or CRPD, that at the last minute due to the urging of Progressive global elite Senator John Kerry (MA-D) was marked up and has been sent from committee to the Senate floor.
The United Nations is the arm for the global elites and they are hitting America and the nations of the world with one global treaty after another in an attempt to create a new global world order (NWO). We are in a race between the global elites taking power and enough nations around the world and and enough states individuals within the US standing-up for their sovereignty and the rights of the individual, like Iceland recently did. All these U.N. treaties and International Law, including Sharia (Shariah) Law, are in direct opposition to the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the rights of sovereign nations and individuals everywhere.
10 court appearances – and the Mom WON!… But what do you think would have happened if a United Nations treaty and board were involved?
Earlier in July, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing on the U.N.’s Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).
As multiple experts—including The Heritage Foundation’s Steven Groves—testified, it is both unnecessary and unwise for the United States to become a party to the Disabilities Convention.
The rights of Americans with disabilities are already protected under a number of federal laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 1990, and the Fair Housing Act as amended in 1988. Any modification or expansion of such protections can and ought to be achieved through the legislative process.
However, U.S. ratification of the CRPD is more than merely superfluous; the CRPD threatens American sovereignty in a variety of ways.
As with other human rights treaties, the CRPD established a treaty body composed of unelected “experts”—the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities—that evaluates the compliance of state parties to the treaty every four years and issues recommendations for how they might improve in fulfilling their obligations. Too often these U.N. treaty bodies seek to broaden the scope of the treaties that created them, redefining terms and expanding language that had been painstakingly negotiated by the U.N. member states that initially signed onto them—and blatantly disregarding national sovereignty.
Among the most noteworthy of these treaty bodies are the committee that deals with the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), and the one that polices states in their compliance with the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD).
The U.S. has ratified CERD treaty and has therefore been subjected to browbeating and extreme liberal moralizing on the part of the committee’s so-called experts, whose recommendations have included restoring voting rights to convicted felons and promoting multiculturalism in grade school curriculums.
Thankfully, despite extensive efforts on the part of its advocates, the CEDAW treaty has not been ratified by the U.S. Senate. However, the CEDAW committee’s recommendations to other countries provide ample evidence of the sort of directives it would give to U.S. policymakers should the U.S. ever become a party to CEDAW.
If the U.S. were to ratify the CRPD, U.S. policies would be subjected to the oversight and commentary of the CRPD committee, which could issue unlimited recommendations that the U.S. would be expected to implement. This prospect should be especially concerning to the parents and caregivers of disabled Americans, whose decision making authority would be subjected to the pronouncements of international “experts” and whose rights would be undermined by the CRPD’s language concerning the “best interests of the child” and its lack of explicit protection of parental rights.
Other language in the CRPD is troubling, too, such as its lack of a clear definition of disability, which it defines as “an evolving concept.” Although seemingly beyond the scope of a treaty dealing with rights and protections of the disabled, the CRPD also revisits the recurring and contentious U.N. debates surrounding the definitions of “reproductive health” and “reproductive rights” as they relate to so-called abortion rights.
In spite of specific statements made by CRPD signatories that the inclusion of the phrase “sexual and reproductive health” is not intended to include abortion, U.N. officials and other abortion advocates have pointed to the CRPD to further build their case in favor of abortion as a human right.
The U.S. Senate should decline to ratify the CRPD, as ratifying it would subject the U.S. to untold threats against its sovereignty and invite further intrusion by U.N. officials into sensitive social and domestic policies. If the rights of disabled Americans need further protection or clarification, Congress and state governments should seek remedies through the appropriate legislative processes.
Lindy Autumn said:
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is scheduled for a hearing today Thursday in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. This THREATENS the RIGHT of PARENTS to make decisions for their children without undue government interference.
Parentalrights.org reported it to the email I get (with 48,000,000 other people!) on good news on the latest UN Treaty, the Convention of the Rights of Disabled Persons:
CRPD: Stopping the Runaway Train
After the hearing, several of our staff stayed in D.C. to visit once again the offices of the members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. We wanted to urge them to consider the threats which the CRPD poses to U.S. sovereignty and to parental rights.
While we were there the word went out among them (and was quickly passed on to us) that the committee vote on CRPD, which had been scheduled for today, has been indefinitely postponed! This is absolutely wonderful news! What last week appeared to be a runaway train has been visibly slowed down.
Does this mean it is time to let up? No. We must remain vocal and vigilant, especially between now and August 3 – the last day of session before the August recess. Because the CRPD can still be brought for a vote before then, we ask that you continue your calls and emails urging your senators to defeat it.
But we have bought some valuable time.
The Senators standing for the rights of parents are working on ways to halt this treaty for this term of Congress. If they can succeed in that, we can all breathe a little easier. (If not, we will all have to remain vigilant throughout the fall and the lame duck session as well.)
Here’s confirmation from another source – The Hill:
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has indefinitely postponed a markup of a United Nations treaty on the rights of people with disabilities after Republicans on the panel held it over, just two days after announcing it. The delay comes as U.S. home-schooling advocates, including former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum, have been raising concerns about the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which they say would impinge on parental rights.
But here is an amazing comment:
“The treaty has several Republican champions, including Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) — they argue it would merely apply U.S. standards to the rest of the world and protect Americans with disabilities abroad…”
I am amazed at this: We in the USA will pass a binding treaty so as to enforce rights for Americans abroad and to bring our rights to the rest of the world! But the homeschoolers have been active on this issue:
Who should make critical decisions regarding the care and raising of children who have disabilities? Their parents or United Nations social workers?
That is the question as the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations holds a hearing on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) Thursday, July 12. This treaty, if ratified by the U.S. Senate, would turn the parent-child relationship on its head by establishing a dangerous new legal standard for dealing with children with disabilities: the best interests of the child standard. The CRPD states: “In all actions concerning children with disabilities, the best interests of the child shall be a primary consideration.” Article 7(2)
This simple sentence means that any decision a parent makes regarding the care, education, or upbringing of a child who has any disability could be subject to review by a social worker, court, or even a United Nation’s official.
So, especially if you live in Arizona or Wyoming, call your Senator today!
PS: I spoke at the Mechanicsville Tea Party last evening to extort the wonderful Tea Party people to call Senator Webb! Well received!
But the next day – July 26, 2012:
CRPD Passes, Moves to Senate Floor
This morning the Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted by a 13-6 margin to send the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) to the full Senate. There is currently no indication of when a floor vote will be scheduled, though Chairman John Kerry offered, “I hope we will get [this] to the floor very, very soon.”
ParentalRights.org opposes this treaty because it poses a threat to the traditional role of parents in the upbringing of their children with special needs, and because it sets the dangerous precedent of expressing social, economic, and cultural entitlements as legal rights and obligations.
Senators who stood with us to oppose ratification of this treaty include: Senator Corker of Tennessee, Senator Risch of Idaho, Senator Lee of Utah, Senator Rubio of Florida, Senator DeMint of South Carolina, and Senator Inhofe of Oklahoma.
All ten Democrats and three Republican senators – Senators Richard Lugar (IN), John Barrasso (WY), and Johnny Isakson (GA) – voted in favor of the treaty.
Today’s discussion emphasized the intent of the Committee that ratification of the treaty should create no new obligations or laws in the United States – which is good news for us. But it then raises the question: If the treaty is to have no effect, why should we ratify it? And why should other nations of the world take our ratification seriously when it is accompanied by the understanding that we will take no action to apply it in our country?
Please Call Again
In light of this morning’s hearing, it is time to call your senators again. Even if you just called them yesterday, our effort starts over right now. Yesterday’s call was about the hearing; today’s call is about the floor vote.
In your own words, please give your senators the following message:
“I oppose ratifying the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. If our Reservations, Understandings, and Declarations are not air tight, the language of this treaty will severely damage the traditional role of parents with disabled children in making important decisions for their children. If they are not air tight, we could be obligating ourselves to sweeping changes in U.S. law to meet the demands of this treaty.
“And if our Reservations are air tight, and our nation takes on no new obligations under this treaty, then it makes no sense to adopt it. Our ratification will not make it any more binding on other countries, and it will not change the quality of the example we already set by domestic law. We are already leading the world. We do not need to spend the money every 4 years to ask for the U.N.’s opinion on how we are doing.
“I sincerely urge my Senator to oppose ratifying this treaty. The potential unintended consequences are too great a risk for a mere symbolic gesture.”
- Call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask for your Senator by name; or
- Visit ParentalRights.org/States and click on your state. Your Senators’ D.C. phone numbers are listed at the bottom of your state’s page; or
- Visit them online, usually at (senator’s name).Senate.gov. (Example: Webb.senate.gov.)
(If your senator voted today to oppose CRPD, do not call their office – but send them an email thanking them for their position.)
Several senators clearly want the CRPD to pass. Right now only a few are standing up for the rights of parents by actively opposing it. But based on today’s hearing and the word from the Hill, there are still many senators undecided on this vote.
So thank you for taking the time to call. Your voice can make a tremendous difference in whether or not this treaty gets the two-thirds vote required for ratification. We only need 34 “no” votes to stop it. So please call your senators today.
Direct of Communications & Research
P.S. – This vote also means our efforts to stop the CRPD have been prolonged. We cannot stop now. Your generous donation today will support our efforts to keep this treaty from becoming “the supreme law of the land.” Due to our 501(c)4 status, donations cannot be tax deductible – but our efforts depend on you!
www.parentalrights.org – h/t to MJ and Patriotic Mama