Parental Rights and the United Nations CRPD Treaty
Sen. John Kerry: “We’ll Pass the CRPD by July 26!”
Senator John Kerry announced yesterday that he plans to pass the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities before July 26—just 13 days from today. He has scheduled a formal committee vote next Thursday—July 19. This is an unprecedented attempt to jam a binding international treaty through the Senate without proper time for debate or consideration.
Yesterday’s “hearing” was a carefully-orchestrated attempt to get this treaty ratified without any serious consideration. There were nine total witnesses. Only two people opposed to the treaty were allowed to testify—Steven Groves from Heritage Foundation and me [Michael Farris, Parental Rights ].
The Administration seeks to promote two ideas that are simply inaccurate: 1. Disabled Americans who travel overseas will directly benefit by U.S. ratification of this treaty; 2. Ratifying a treaty does not require us to comply with international law.
They are arguing that a treaty is an empty promise with no actual substance. The Supremacy Clause of the Constitution makes it clear that the Administration is wrong. Treaties form a part of the Supreme Law of the Land once ratified.
And no one even attempted a serious answer to our core parental rights concern.
Article 7 of the UNCRPD gives government the ability to override every decision of a parent of disabled children if the government thinks that its views are in “the best interest of the child.”
This is a radical attempt to take away parental rights. Make no mistake—if they succeed at ratifying this treaty, the Convention on the Rights of the Child is next. This is not a battle just for parents with disabled and special needs children. This is a battle for every parent.
We absolutelymust flood the US Senate with phone calls. Senator Durbin mentioned that they were hearing from homeschoolers (and he was annoyed at us for voicing our opinion of his side’s planned assault on parental rights). But, we need to do even more.
This is the most important issue that we will face this year. By July 26—up or down—we will either take another step toward becoming the subjects of a world government OR we will preserve our rights as American citizens.
I urge you all in the strongest possible terms—CALL BOTH OF YOUR U.S. Senators today. If you have called them in their Washington, DC, office—call them again in their in-state offices which you can find on the web.
These are the contact links for our Florida Senators:
Senator Marco Rubio
Senator Bill Nelson
Get everyone you know to call their Senators as well. Network. Facebook. Phone lists. Every place you can network—please do it. And pray like mad.
Taking away our parental rights won’t build wheelchair ramps for disabled Americans who travel to other countries. The promise being made that this treaty will result in new accessibility options in foreign countries is an illusion. The demise of our parental rights is a certainty.
Call. Call. Pray. And Call.