WASHINGTON DC - Former US Senator Rick Santorum - the father of a disabled preschooler himself - sounded an alarm at a press conference Monday about the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Immediately after the press conference, the alert was ratcheted up. Santorum writes:
Yesterday, Karen and I -- along with our daughter Bella -- joined with U.S. Senator Mike Lee of Utah and Michael Farris of the Home School Legal Defense Association for a news conference calling on the Senate to NOT bring up this flawed treaty.
And just like that, Senator Harry Reid announced that he will bring this treaty up for a vote this week.
CRPD, if ratified, threatens U.S. sovereignty and parental rights, and would effectively put the U.S. under international law when it comes to parenting special needs children. One provision in the treaty would give the government, acting under U.N. instructions, the ability to determine for all children with disabilities what is best for them.
I don't know about you, but I believe that in America, that is the parents' job, certainly not the government's.
Furthermore, the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities does nothing to improve the rights of the disabled in this country. Our country already meets or exceeds the U.N. standards, and contrary to reports, passage of this treaty will do NOTHING to give disabled Americans or any disabled person traveling in a foreign country greater protections or rights.
What this treaty does do is make American laws subservient to the United Nations. It is flawed, it is wrong and we should not see this in the United States of America.
In light of Senator Reid's decision to bring this treaty up this week, we need you to call the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask to be connected with your senators. Tell them you are strongly opposed to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and if it comes up for a vote, please vote NO!
And if you haven't already done so, please visit our CRPD page and sign our petition to take a stand against this flawed treaty.