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GOOD, no GREAT NEWS on the CONVENTION on the RIGHTS of DISABLED PERSONS: COMMITTEE VOTE DELAYED! reported it to the email I get (with 48,000,000 other people!) on good news on the latest UN Treaty, the Convention of the Rights of Disabled Persons:

CRPD: Stopping the Runaway Train

After the hearing, several of our staff stayed in D.C. to visit once again the offices of the members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. We wanted to urge them to consider the threats which the CRPD poses to U.S. sovereignty and to parental rights.

While we were there the word went out among them (and was quickly passed on to us) that the committee vote on CRPD, which had been scheduled for today, has been indefinitely postponed! This is absolutely wonderful news! What last week appeared to be a runaway train has been visibly slowed down.

Does this mean it is time to let up? No. We must remain vocal and vigilant, especially between now and August 3 – the last day of session before the August recess. Because the CRPD can still be brought for a vote before then, we ask that you continue your calls and emails urging your senators to defeat it.

But we have bought some valuable time.

The Senators standing for the rights of parents are working on ways to halt this treaty for this term of Congress. If they can succeed in that, we can all breathe a little easier. (If not, we will all have to remain vigilant throughout the fall and the lame duck session as well.)

Here’s confirmation from another source – The Hill:

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has indefinitely postponed a markup of a United Nations treaty on the rights of people with disabilities after Republicans on the panel held it over, just two days after announcing it. The delay comes as U.S. home-schooling 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.

But here is an amazing comment:

“The treaty has several Republican champions, including Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) — they argue it would merely apply U.S. standards to the rest of the world and protect Americans with disabilities abroad…”

I am amazed at this:  We in the USA will pass a binding treaty so as to enforce rights for Americans abroad and to bring our rights to the rest of the world!  But the homeschoolers have been active on this issue:

Who should make critical decisions regarding the care and raising of children who have disabilities? Their parents or United Nations social workers?

That is the question as the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations holds a hearing on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) Thursday, July 12. This treaty, if ratified by the U.S. Senate, would turn the parent-child relationship on its head by establishing a dangerous new legal standard for dealing with children with disabilities: the best interests of the child standard. The CRPD states: “In all actions concerning children with disabilities, the best interests of the child shall be a primary consideration.” Article 7(2)

This simple sentence means that any decision a parent makes regarding the care, education, or upbringing of a child who has any disability could be subject to review by a social worker, court, or even a United Nation’s official.

So, especially if you live in Arizona or Wyoming, call your Senator today!

PS:  I spoke at the Mechanicsville Tea Party last evening to exhort the wonderful Tea Party people to call Senator Webb!  Well received!

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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