From the Homeschool Legal Defense Association website…
Due to your calls, emails, and office visits, the Senate minority stood
strong and ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with
Disabilities (CRPD) was rejected by the U.S. Senate on Tuesday (DEC 04).
The CRPD, which would take away American sovereignty and threaten parental
rights, needed two-thirds of the Senate in order to pass. Although it gained a
majority of votes, it failed on a vote of 61–38. This is a great victory for
parental rights, homeschool freedom, and children with special needs.
The U.S. Senate rejected a treaty which would have allowed UN bureaucrats to
decide what is in the “best interests” of children with disabilities, instead
leaving those decisions with parents and caregivers, which is what existing U.S.
law already requires.
Visit the U.S. Senate website to see how your Senator voted: www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=2&vote=00219
Yet despite this victory, the battle is not over. Shortly after receiving
word of defeat, proponents of the convention vowed to bring it up in the next
legislative session. Their strategy is to work with newly elected senators and
try harder to persuade some of the current senators who voted against the CRPD
to change their vote.
Other dangerous UN treaties could be brought up for ratification as well.
These include the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination
against Women and the Convention of the Rights of the Child.