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Senate Poised to Vote Tomorrow on Dangerous UN Treaty

Pro-family groups across the nation are asking all citizens to call their Senators today and ask them to vote against ratification of The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), a treaty that represents a grave threat to U.S. sovereignty, parental rights and the well-being of disabled children.

According to the American Family Association (AFA), even though the CRPD sounds like it wants to protect children with disabilities, the treaty would do so at the expense of parents by setting up government agencies that would decide what is best for a child. This includes providing them with "reproductive health" services such as contraception, abortions, and sterilizations - all at taxpayer expense. has published a list of other threats to democracy and parental rights that are hidden in the fine print of this document. For instance:

Article 4(1)(a) demands that all American law on this subject be conformed to the standards of the UN.

Article 4(1)(e) remands that “every person, organization, or private enterprise” must eliminate discrimination on the basis of disability. On its face, this means that every home owner would have to make their own home fully accessible to those with disabilities. If the UN wants to make exceptions, perhaps they could. But, on its face, this is the meaning of the treaty.

Article 4(1)(e) also means that the legal standard for the number of handicapped spaces required for parking at your business, private school, or house of worship will be established by the UN—not your local government.

Article 6(2) is a backdoor method of requiring the United States to comply with the general provisions of the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. This treaty enshrines abortion rights, homosexual rights, and demands the complete disarmament of all people.

Article 7(2) advances the identical standard for the control of children with disabilities as is contained in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. This means that the government—acting under UN directives—gets to determine for all children with disabilities what the government thinks is best.

Article 25 on Education does not repeat the parental rights rules of earlier human rights Treaties. This is an important omission. Coupling this omission with the direct declaration of “the best interest of the child” standard in Article 7(2), this convention is nothing less than the complete eradication of parental rights for the education of children with disabilities.

Article 15’s call for a ban on “inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment” bans any spanking by parents. This demand is not limited to persons with disabilities but says that "no one shall be subjected to … inhuman or degrading treatment” which means all spanking will be banned in the U.S.

Article 4(2) uses the phrase "the framework of international cooperation" which means that the U.S. would be obligated to fund disability programs in nations that could not afford their own programs, further burdening the U.S. economy.

As of now, the treaty is scheduled for a straight up or down vote in the U.S. Senate on December 4.

"This dangerous bill can be stopped if just 34 senators can be found to oppose it," writes AFA president Tim Wildmon. "Your senators are getting enormous pressure from the big government, pro-choice crowd to vote for this bill, so it is critical that they hear from you today."

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