President Obama signed the treaty in July 2009, but opponents were quick to point out the dangers this treaty presented to disabled persons in the United States.
"We all want to show our love and care for people with disabilities," said Michael Farris, founder and chairman of the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA). "This treaty, however, is not the way to do it. This treaty will give United Nations and government agents, not parents, the authority to decide all educational and treatment issues for disabled children. All of the rights that parents have under traditional American law, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act will be undermined by this treaty."
"Determining a policy for allowing those with profound intellectual disabilities to exercise the right to vote is a complex and sensitive issue," Farris said, "but what we know for sure is this: America's legislators -- and not a UN committee -- should make this kind of policy decision.
"Parents in the United States are finding that homeschooling benefits their children with disabilities in more ways than a one-size-fits-all approach can ever achieve. The CRPD puts those rights at risk," he said.
"We know that the eyes of the nation will be on the Virginia and New Jersey elections, but we can't ignore the imminent threat posed by today's hearing on Capitol Hill. We are urging people to call their senators and voice their opposition to the treaty," said William Estrada, the Director of Federal Relations at HSLDA. "This is especially important if your senator is on the Foreign Relations Committee." The following senators are on the Foreign Relations Committee: Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Benjamin Cardin (D-MD), Tom Udall (D-NM), Edward Markey (D-MA), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Edward Shaheen (D-NH), Christopher Coons (D-DE), Richard Durbin (D-IL), Bob Corker (R-TN), Ron Johnson (R-WI), James Risch (R-ID), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), John McCain (R-AZ), John Barrasso (R-WY), Rand Paul (R-KY), Marco Rubio (R-FL). Senators Paul and Rubio have already shown strong opposition to the treaty.
Home School Legal Defense Association is a nonprofit advocacy organization established to defend and advance the constitutional right of parents to direct the education of their children and to protect family freedoms. Visit us online at www.HSLDA.org.