Originally Sent: 9/19/2014

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Calls Needed to Block Support for UN Treaty

Homeschooling in New Jersey.

Thanks for defending homeschool freedom.

Senior Counsel Scott Woodruff answers questions and assists members with legal issues in your state. He and his wife homeschooled their children.

Dear New Jersey HSLDA Members,

Very soon—possibly on Monday—the New Jersey Senate will vote on whether to urge the U.S. Senate to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities—a treaty with breathtaking potential to take away your parental rights. Please call your New Jersey state senator today and urge him or her to vote “no!”

The measure is called “Senate Resolution 69,” or simply SR 69. The New Jersey Senate does not have the power to ratify a treaty, but if SR 69 passes, it will be touted as a vote of support for the UN treaty. The UN treaty itself could come up for a vote in the U.S. Senate any time now, and the vote could be extremely close. It’s important to defeat SR 69 as part of an overall strategy to make sure the UN treaty never becomes law.

Any treaty the U.S. Senate ratifies supersedes New Jersey law, and supersedes United States law except the actual text of the U.S. Constitution. Since parental rights are not mentioned in the U.S. Constitution, the many parts of the UN treaty that impact your parental rights—even if your child is not disabled—would immediately become the highest law in the country on the issue of parental rights.

Action Requested

Please call your New Jersey state senator today or Monday and ask him or her to vote “no” on SR 69. Your message can be as simple as:

“Please vote ‘no’ on SR 69. It will undermine the right of parents to raise their children. Treaties are the worst possible way to try to solve domestic problems because they can never be amended, even if it turns out that they cause problems. If disabled persons need different laws, it should be done through the normal law-making process, not a treaty.”

Since this affects all parents, it is not necessary to identify yourself as a homeschooler.

Contact Information

To find out who your New Jersey state senator is and how to contact him or her, click here.


The treaty empowers the government to take children away from their parents if that’s what the government thinks is best for the children. This applies to all children—not just those who are disabled!

The treaty outlaws corporal punishment for all children—not just the disabled!

America already has virtually the best laws protecting disabled persons in the world. The treaty will not help any American. Advocates of the CRPD cannot pinpoint any way the CRPD will improve life for disabled Americans.

Once a treaty is ratified, we cannot change it—even if it turns out that it causes unexpected problems in our country. Laws we might enact to implement the treaty can be changed, but if a problem arises because of the text of the treaty itself, it can only be changed by a two-thirds vote of all participating nations. Countries can ratify a treaty with “reservations,” but courts will strike those down if they are not consistent with the purpose of the treaty, so they cannot be counted on.

Shockingly, the CRPD does not even define “disability.” It might turn out to mean something far different than the “man on the street” thinks!

Once judges get around to defining the word, it might mean: children whose parents are too religious, too conservative or too restrictive; children who do not have the same social interaction as schoolchildren; children who were not taught using “Common Core”; children who have too many brother and sisters, children with below average IQ, etc. Treaties are considered “living documents” whose meaning should be expected to change over time.

Today American parents decide what is best for disabled kids—how their disabled children should be educated, cared for, how much they play, and how much weight children’s opinions should have. But the treaty gives that power to the government.

Treaties are part of the “supreme law of the land” under Article VI of the U.S. Constitution. Treaties trump rights that are only implied in the U.S. Constitution. Parental rights are only implied in the Constitution. There is therefore absolutely nothing in the Constitution that protects your parental rights from being savaged by the CRPD or any other treaty.

The treaty would obligate the United States to “cooperate” with an international committee. “Cooperate” is a coy way of saying “do what we tell you.”

The treaty would require America to use its “maximum resources” to implement the treaty and the rights it creates. This means how we spend money at the national, state, and local level would be subjected to the treaty and the courts. Courts could force us to spend more money on any treaty-related issue.

The treaty sanctions (or maybe even requires) quotas for disabled persons. Any perceived “inequality” might be solved by hiring quotas, or admissions quotas (for college, military, etc.), for disabled persons.

For more information about the CRPD, or to read the text of the treaty, click here.

Thank you for standing with us for freedom!


Scott A. Woodruff, Esq.,
Senior Counsel,
Home School Legal Defense Association

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