Sunday, May 20, 2012

President Obama Sends Ratification Package for Disabilities Convention to the Senate

See this story from Disability Scoop, which begins:  

Nearly three years after signing the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the Obama administration is asking the U.S. Senate to grant final approval of the treaty.
The United States signed the convention in 2009, but Senate approval is required in order to make participation official.
The convention is designed to expand community access and improve the standard of living for the estimated 650 million people around the world with disabilities. It is the first new human rights convention this century.



Blogger Mary Ann Calzada said...

NO NO NO! We do not want decisions for Americans made by the UN! This convention is written with an incredible amount of latitude and gives the UN the ability to legislate law on US soil.
Do you want Americans making decisions for Americans or do you want someone in the Hague who is completely disconnected from you and has no allegiance or accountability to you whatsoever in an electoral process telling you what to do?
This gives sweeping control to the UN. As a parents of TWO children with special needs, I want to make the decisions and not someone 3,000 miles away.
These protections already exist in the Americans with Disabilities Act. State sovereignty as it pertains to disability law will be taken away and given to the UN.
People are jumping the gun thinking that this is good – for 3rd world countries with no disability laws, possibly but for the US it is NOT going to make things better.
Do you want the UN to decide your child’s special education program? Decide on what is best for their care and medical well-being?
Take a look at the resolution and look at the far-reaching ramifications it could have due to the weak language.
Do NOT support this with your Senators!
This is a political move on the part of the president to take away rights of parents and rights of all Americans when it comes to our own sovereignty. The UN does not decide for Americans – Americans do!

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