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July 20, 2012

UN Treaty Markup Delayed—Keep Calling!

Michael P. Farris, Esq., LL.M.
HSLDA Founder and Chairman

Watch Key Testimony at CRPD Hearing

The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee only allowed two opposition witnesses to speak at the July 12 hearing on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Mike Farris was one of them. Watch the testimony >>

Home School Legal Defense Association has been urging supporters to call their U.S. senators and ask them to oppose the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). And on Tuesday we reported that Patriot Voices chairman and former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum had joined the fight.

Your calls are working! This morning a prominent D.C. publication, The Hill, reported that the treaty has been temporarily derailed from the fast track because you cared enough to call:

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has indefinitely postponed a markup of a United Nations treaty on the rights of people with disabilities, just two days after announcing it. The delay comes as U.S. homeschooling 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.
The delay will make it difficult for committee chairman John Kerry (D-Mass.) to meet his goal of having the Senate pass the treaty by July 26, the 22nd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Read the full article online >>

We praise the Lord for you and for your active involvement in the affairs of your nation! But this delay is only temporary—now is not the time to relax! To defeat this treaty, we need at least 34 senators to oppose it. Senator Kerry is determined to bring the treaty up for a vote on July 26, and he has powerful allies, including senators John McCain and John Barrasso.

I therefore urge you to redouble your efforts until the Senate goes on recess for the summer in early August.

Call the U.S. Senate switchboard at 202-224-3121, or use HSLDA’s Legislative Toolbox to contact your senators and oppose this dangerous treaty.

Please give these senators some or all of the following message:

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 control over children with disabilities. Our nation already has laws to protect disabled Americans. This treaty is unnecessary and will hurt families. If the Senate ratifies this treaty, it would be the first time ever that the U.S. has ratified a treaty that obligates us to recognize economic, social, and cultural entitlements as rights under domestic law. Please take the time to examine this treaty carefully.

If we don’t do this, no one will!

 Other Resources

“Santorum Joins Fight against UN Treaty—Call Now!”

“Senator Kerry: We’ll Pass the CRPD by July 26”

“Urgent Calls Needed: Senate Committee to hold Hearing on Dangerous UN Treaty”

“How the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities would Threaten Family Integrity”

“The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: A Danger to Homeschool Families”

Video of the UN CRPD hearing

Testimony by HSLDA Chairman Mike Farris

Testimony by Steve Groves, Heritage Foundation