Tuesday, July 31, 2012

UN Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities - #4086 - Senate Committee Passes UN Treaty -

PLEASE CALL YOUR SENATORS TO VOTE 'NO' ON THIS TREATY.... IN VIRGINIA: Jim Webb 202-224-4024, Mark Warner-202-224-2023. See Senate Contact Below.
A controversial United Nations treaty drew one step closer to being ratified by the U.S. Senate last Thursday, when three Republicans crossed party lines to pass it out of the Foreign Relations Committee. Democrats and the Obama administration hope to see the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) reach the Senate floor for a vote by the end of this week, where it would require only 67 votes to legally bind the U.S. to international laws and standards. “Ostensibly, what we hear from the administration is that this will give us a seat at the table to negotiate with other countries on these issues, but there’s a lot more beneath the surface,” said Wesley Denton, a spokesman for Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina, who is leading the fight against the treaty. “It puts the U.S. at a disadvantage by having international bureaucrats supersede our own laws.” On paper, the treaty would require other nations to live up to the U.S. standards laid out in the 22-year-old Americans With Disabilities Act. Advocates also claim it would prevent other nations from discriminating against disabled Americans when they travel overseas — a point others dispute, since the treaty includes no enforcement mechanisms. Opponents, including the Home School Legal Defense Association, have pointed out that the treaty would eclipse parents’ rights to direct their disabled children’s education. Also at issue in the committee vote Thursday was language concerning abortion. Panel Chairman John Kerry, D-Mass., persuaded members to add language saying it won’t create any “new” abortion rights, but that disabled people will still be offered the full range of health services. At press time, it remained unclear whether that would include abortion — a concern that has caused three other nations to express reservations over signing the treaty, a Capitol Hill staff member told CitizenLink. The bigger picture, however, is that ratifying U.N. treaties subjugates the U.S. to international laws, while gaining very little from the exchange.  Read more.........  U.S. Senate Contact List........

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