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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

URGENT call to action!

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URGENT

Parents of children with disabilities and those who care about parental rights please read and take action.
November 27, 2012
Senate Vote This Week - Please Call Immediately!
Yesterday afternoon, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (NV) announced that the Senate will vote to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) this week. We need you to call your two senators immediately, and urge them to oppose the CRPD.

U.S ratification of the CRPD would subject our domestic law to United Nations standards and oversight, threatening parental rights and American self-government.

Thirty-six Senators have signed a letter stating that they “respectfully request that no treaties be brought to the Senate floor for advice and consent during the lame-duck session of the 112th Congress.” These Senators have promised in the letter that they “will oppose efforts to consider a treaty during this time.” Senator Reid has purposefully ignored this letter by promising to file cloture (so thefilibustercannot be used) and will make every attempt to proceed to the CRPD for ratification this week.

We are behind in this battle. Thirty-six is not enough to stop a cloture vote – that takes forty – and these thirty-six have not pledged to vote “No” on the treaty. They have only pledged to oppose its coming to the floor. If CRPD comes to the floor anyway, we have no guarantee that we have the votes to stop it.

We need you to call both of your U.S. Senators right now and ask them to oppose the CRPD. You can click on your state on our States page to find your Senators’ contact information, or use the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121. (I apologize for the incorrect area code in yesterday’s email. This is the corrected number.)

Please give them some or all of this message:

“I urge you to oppose the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This treaty surrenders U.S. sovereignty to unelected UN bureaucrats and will threaten parental care of children with disabilities. Our nation already has laws to protect disabled Americans. This treaty is unnecessary and will hurt families. If the Senate ratifies this treaty, it would be the first time ever that the U.S. has ratified a treaty that obligates us to recognize economic, social, and cultural entitlements as rights under domestic law. The Senate should be more focused on avoiding the fiscal cliff than on ramming through a dangerous treaty that has not yet received the full study and legal review that it requires.”
Then, please forward this email to your friends and family and urge them to call, as well. Please also post this information on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc.) to help get the word out to every parent and freedom loving person in America.

For more information on the dangers of this treaty please visit our CRPD page.

Thank you for standing with us for freedom.

Sincerely,

Michael Ramey
Director of Communications & Research

P.S. – Our petition to oppose this ratification contained 10,195 names as of this morning. That’s more than 10,000 persons with disabilities or family members of persons with disabilities who oppose this treaty that is being rammed through in their name. We will deliver this information to the Senate this afternoon and hope they listen. Your immediate calls will help them hear us.
Parental Rights Amend. House Cosponsors
86
Includes HJRes110 lead sponsor, Rep. Trent Franks.
Latest added Oct. 25, 2012.
Parental Rights Amendment Senate Cosponsors
13
Includes SJRes42 lead sponsor, Sen. Jim DeMint.
Latest addition July 23, 2012.
Senators Opposing Treaty Ratification Vote
36
Senators who indicate they will oppose cloture.
Latest addition Sept. 21, 2012.

1 comment:

Karen said...

I'm so sad you would believe the far-right's empty rhetoric that anything UN is bad for America. The USA as a country has a disgusting record of taking care of its disabled citizens. Standards of care for the disabled vary hugely from state to state and it's high time the US took some leadership or at least showed some duty of care to all its disabled rather than leaving that to self-serving and selfish interests of states and people who believe that the UN is bad without any discussion or real interest in the real facts.
Abortion and institutionalization of the disabled are still accepted methods of 'taking care' of the disabled in this country. The use of retarded as a way to describe someone as stupid is ubiquitous. The UN seeks to protect disabled people. How appalling that this proposed protection has been hijacked by people who believe that protecting disabled people is about self-government and the removal of parental rights. The US is not good or even perfect at many things and can do with help to become better. Lots of countries in the world are not perfect. It's not a big deal - most countries need to do better in this respect. Don't believe the hype please.