On Thursday, the US Senate Foreign Relations committee will hold a vote on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). This treaty WILL pass in the committee and Senator Kerry has expressed hope that they can hold a full Senate vote by July 26th. This is a blatant attempt by the Obama administration and senior Democratic Senators to fast-track this treaty before anyone can analyze it.
Last week, during the Committee on Foreign Relations hearing on the treaty, Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) expressed shock and dismay that such an important decision on American sovereignty would be pushed through without the time to do proper vetting. He and Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) are strongly opposed to the treaty. They recognize and oppose dangers of placing this area of US law under the United Nations’ purview, regardless of the treaty’s worthy aspirations.
It is apparent that the Obama administration carefully chose this particular human rights treaty because it hasn’t gotten any attention in the mainstream media and until the end of May almost nobody in the US was talking about it. It is a feel-good treaty whose highest goals everyone agrees with, but it threatens aspects of US sovereignty and will open the door further to many of the other more controversial treaties. Currently this treaty has enough support from the Republicans to pass in the Senate. Even some of the more conservative Senators are supporting it. We need to slow this vote down if for no other reason than to give everyone an opportunity to carefully analyze the treaty and ensure there are no dangers to US Sovereignty.
Former Senator and presidential candidate Rick Santorum and his wife Karen sent the following memo out in opposition:
Patriot Voices Urges Senators To Vote Against Ratification Of The
UN Convention On The Rights Of Persons With Disabilities
Verona, PA – Patriot Voices Chairman and former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum and his wife Karen Santorum issued the following statement in opposition to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Rick and Karen Santorum said: “The ultimate responsibility of all parents is to care for your child, a responsibility that only takes on added weight when your child has special needs. As parents of a beautiful, special girl, we know first-hand the blessings of loving our Bella. This is precisely why we at Patriot Voices are urging the U.S. Senate to vote against ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The CRPD would usurp the rights and powers of parents here in the United States to do what is best for their special needs child by placing the law of the UN above the rights of the parents. It is the job of our elected representatives to preserve these rights, not hand them off to unaccountable international bureaucrats.”
For more information on this treaty and what you can do to stop it please visit parentalrights.org