Senator Mike Lee (R-UT), Rick & Karen Santorum, and Michael Farris of HSLDA to Hold News Conference to Oppose UN Disabilities Treaty

Verona, PA - U.S. Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) will host a news conference along with Patriot Voices co-founders Rick and Karen Santorum and Michael Farris of the Home School Legal Defense Association to voice their opposition to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

CRPD, if ratified, threatens U.S. sovereignty and parental rights and would effectively put the U.S. under international law when it comes to parenting special needs children.  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.  It would also 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.

Senator Lee has been instrumental in fighting the ratification of several UN Treaties, including CRPD.  He authored a letter to his colleagues asking them to commit to not consider any U.N. treaties in the lame duck session.  Patriot Voices, along with HSLDA and others, helped to delay consideration of CRPD before the election and is rallying its members again to stop this treaty.

Rick and Karen Santorum will bring their daughter Bella, a special needs child, to the news conference to discuss their opposition to this treaty. 


U.S. Senator Mike Lee (R-UT)

Rick and Karen Santorum, co-founders of Patriot Voices                       

Michael Farris, Chairman, Home School Legal Defense Association


News conference opposing the ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)


Capitol Complex

Updated location: Dirksen Room 562

Washington, DC


Monday, November 26 at 4:30 PM ET

Click here to learn more about our opposition to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)

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followed this page 2012-11-28 14:59:16 -0500
commented 2012-11-28 13:19:44 -0500 · Flag
Thank you to Senator Mike Lee, Rick and Karen Santorum, and Michael Farris for your dedication to Parental Rights and the Right of Persons with Disabilities. Thank you for being a voice for so many families.
commented 2012-11-27 11:44:41 -0500 · Flag
We have the Constitution and we have plenty of laws to protect us, any UN treaties are NOT needed.
DO Not loose your Sovereignty.
commented 2012-11-27 01:08:14 -0500 · Flag
Melissa I agree with you, I was merely indicating to Dark Maiden that if parental rights weren’t threatened, the language to protect them would have been included. I agree that the anti-life bent of the UN is not to be underestimated. There is an article justifying the ‘new’ eugenics in Forbes. There is nothing new or positive in eugenics. Its just the T4 program repackaged.
commented 2012-11-27 00:52:56 -0500 · Flag
You have to be nuts maiden if you really believe the UN has anybody’s best interest in mind. They are pure evil and have no business in the affairs of the US. By the way how ate a mother and father self-centered for loving their children and want what is best for them?
commented 2012-11-27 00:51:33 -0500 · Flag
Leticia, once the treaty goes out for ratification, the language is not up for discussion. Language was specifically crafted to challenge parental rights under the guise of “protecting” children with disabilities.
commented 2012-11-27 00:49:11 -0500 · Flag
If the act truly wants to protect the disabled, then language can be added to protect parental rights to care for their children.
commented 2012-11-27 00:48:54 -0500 · Flag
Parental rights most certainly are in question, Dark Maiden. Furthermore , this treaty does nothing to protect the rights of pwd, no matter what it is called or how it is being marketed. Read the whole thing and get the facts, not the talking points.
commented 2012-11-27 00:44:44 -0500 · Flag
This simplistic and self-centered view ignores the fact this act is there to protect persons with disabilities, not to take away anyone’s parental rights. Isn’t it more important to pave the way for such people’s protection, then worry about a loss of rights that is not even in question?
commented 2012-11-27 00:41:24 -0500 · Flag
Susan, you could not be more wrong. The wording of Article 4 & 7 clearly lead the way towards ceding sovereignty in small but sure steps. Please consult an expert in international law and on disabilities and get the facts.
commented 2012-11-27 00:35:13 -0500 · Flag
I know that there are many professionals who feel that my child with Down syndrome is a burden upon society, and they would have counseled me to abort her. How can I trust such people with her life? Her education, her place of residence, and her health care? No one loves my daughter Christina like her father and I do, and we will fight for the right to be her primary caretakers and make all important decisions regarding her future.
commented 2012-11-26 22:02:04 -0500 · Flag
No one on earth has the authority to take away your parental rights. This is absurd and I stand with you. All my prayers and best wishes.
commented 2012-11-26 13:09:50 -0500 · Flag
The text of the CRPD is consistent with the ADA and IDEA. If ratified, it would extend protection to U.S. citizens with disabilities when they travel or work abroad. It will help American businesses by ensuring that foreign companies will adhere to the same standards of accessibility that ours do, and will increase the demand abroad for American-made accessible goods. Neither the Constitution nor current U.S. laws will change in any way if the CRPD is ratified – nor will ratification cost us anything.
commented 2012-11-26 12:16:15 -0500 · Flag
I will be there.