Tuesday, November 27, 2012

CRPD Lame Duck

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The tensions in the Middle East are escalating after the death of our ambassador and three other Americans on September 11 of this year. And we are about to walk off the precipice known as the "fiscal cliff."

Yet, Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nevada) is beholden to the liberal agenda after the November elections. Instead of passing a defense authorization bill that funds our military or passing a bill to prevent the largest tax increase on American families, Sen. Reid wants the Senate to vote this Wednesday on another United Nations treaty, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), even though 36 senators have opposed voting on this treaty during the lame duck.

Despite the United States being at the forefront of disability rights, Sen. Reid wants to bind us to another treaty that would subject us to an unelected and unaccountable bureaucracy at the U.N.

Proponents say that this treaty will not to change life in the United States or put any new requirements on us. Rather, ratifying it will give the United States a well-deserved seat at the international table so that we can provide guidance and expertise and experience to other countries working to adopt laws, upgrade infrastructure, and modernize facilities to meet the high standards we already meet.

The bottom line is that America can already provide guidance to other countries without embroiling itself in a treaty that does not even define the term "disability" but states that it is an "evolving concept."

If this treaty is ratified by the Senate, parental rights would be abrogated, because this treaty establishes a dangerous new legal standard for dealing with children with disabilities, "the best interests of the child."

The treaty also opens the door to abortion by including the controversial phrase "sexual and reproductive health." This is the first time that phrase has been included in binding international law. While the U.N. General Assembly has never defined the term as including abortion, U.N. human rights treaty bodies and various U.N. agencies have routinely interpreted the term "sexual and reproductive health" to include abortion.

Please act now! Call your senators and ask them to oppose the UNCRPD. It is unnecessary to sign this treaty to help disabled Americans. To find your Senators, please click here.

Thank you in advance for your help.

God bless you,

Penny Nance
Chief Executive Officer and President
Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee

 

 

 

 

 



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