July 16, 2013

Senator Explains Why We Must Reject the UN Disabilities Treaty

William A. Estrada, Esq.
Director of Federal Relations

Senator Orrin Hatch argues that a UN disabilities treaty would usurp U.S. sovereignty.

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On Wednesday, July 10, Senator Orrin Hatch (UT) stood up on the Senate floor and delivered a 13-minute speech on why he cannot support the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. In a measured, thoughtful, and thoroughly researched discourse, Senator Hatch effectively demolished the arguments for U.S. ratification of this treaty.

Senator Hatch’s speech stands on its own. We encourage you to watch the speech here, or read the speech on Senator Hatch’s webpage.

Senator Hatch’s speech is all the more important because Senator Hatch is widely regarded as one of the U.S. Senate’s foremost champions for advancing the rights of persons with disabilities. He was one of the senators who led the drafting and passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act. He is an unwavering advocate for persons with disabilities, and he speaks on this subject with authority.

How to Help

HSLDA thanks Senator Hatch for his strong stance against ceding American sovereignty to the United Nations. We encourage you to call Senator Hatch and thank him for his stand. You can reach his D.C. office at 202-224-5251 or email him.

HSLDA continues to lobby senators and their staff on the dangers of the CRPD. We encourage you to keep calling, writing, and emailing your senators to urge them to reject this dangerous UN treaty. We sense that there is a growing chorus against this treaty from numerous directions. Please keep the pressure up on your elected officials. When we receive word that the treaty is scheduled for a hearing, we will immediately let you know. Please visit our website for more information on why HSLDA opposes the CRPD.

 Other Resources

Heritage Action Blog Post: CRPD—High Costs to American Sovereignty with No Benefit

Blog Post by Heritage Foundation’s Steve Groves: Hatch—U.S. Should Protect Sovereignty, Not Promote a UN Treaty