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Federal Legislation
March 16, 2011

S. Res. 99—Resolution Safeguarding Against the Convention on the Rights of the Child

Action Requested:
HSLDA urges you to contact your U.S. senators and tell them your thoughts on S. Res 99. To find your senators’ contact information, please use HSLDA’s Legislative Toolbox. Your message could be as simple as, “Please co-sponsor S. Res. 99 to support the right of parents—not the United Nations—to direct the education and upbringing of their children.”

S. Res. 99 is designed to protect the legal rights of children and parents in the United States from being infringed upon by the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). Passage would demonstrate that the U.S. Senate firmly opposes the CRC, and that it cannot be passed during this congressional session. S. Res 99 is a temporary protection until the Parental Rights Amendment is ratified.

3/10/2011 Referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations

Sponsor: Senator Jim DeMint (SC)

Bill Summary and Status S. Res. 99

HSLDA’s Position:

Talking Points:
HSLDA has long opposed the CRC because of its threats to U.S. sovereignty and parental rights. We encourage you to read “Nannies in Blue Berets: Understanding the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child” to learn more about the dangers of the CRC.

The CRC was adopted by the U.N. on November 20, 1989. On February 16, 1995, Madeline Albright, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, signed the CRC on behalf of the United States. However, because there was not enough support for it, the CRC was never sent to the Senate for ratification. The CRC is a treaty, and under the U.S. Constitution, it requires ratification by a two-thirds majority vote in the U.S. Senate.

The CRC has been ratified by 193 nations. HSLDA sees this as a dangerous step towards adopting the CRC as law in the country. S. Res. 99 is needed as a temporary protection against the dangers of the CRC until the Parental Rights Amendment is ratified.

 Other Resources

“Ten Things You Need to Know About the CRC”