U.S. Senate Delays Vote on U.N. Disability Treaty Following Pressure from Patriot Voices

Verona, PA - The U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Chaired by Senator John Kerry, announced it will postpone its hearing on the discussion of the United Nations' Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). This announcement comes on the heels of Patriot Voices, Michael Farris and the Home School Legal Defense Association, and others putting pressure on the U.S. Senate to vote no on ratification of this treaty.

Rick Santorum, chairman of Patriot Voices, said, "With the postponement of this hearing, Patriot Voices has shown the tremendous impact we can have when we speak with one voice on an issue we feel passionately about. It is astounding that the U.S. Senate was even considering ratification of this treaty, which would effectively give the United Nations oversight on how we care for our special needs kids. But our fight is not over. We must now continue to put pressure on the White House and our U.S. Senators to ensure this treaty never sees the light of day in the U.S. Senate."

If ratified, CRPD would become the law of the land under the U.S. Constitution's Supremacy Clause, and would trump state laws, and could be used as precedent by state and federal judges. There are two provisions in the treaty that are especially concerning: 

• 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.

• Secondly, if CRPD were ratified, it would give the U.N. discretion over decisions about how special needs kids are educated, and could potentially eliminate parental rights for the education of children with disabilities.

"Karen and I come at this issue from a personal angle, because of our daughter Bella, who is a precious special needs child. In working with healthcare professionals, early on we found that a few advised treatments were not helpful to Bella. In fact, they could actually have been quite harmful. As her parents, we were able to make the decisions that were best for her. Every child is unique, particularly those with special needs, and for the government or even the U.N. to have oversight on these critical care decisions is something we should not see in America."

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