Alert: Please call your senators

July 10th, 2012

The following message is copied, with minor changes, from an email written by the president of the Home School Legal Defense Association.   This call to action is not just for those who have children with disabilities, or who educate their own children.

Please read on–


Urgent Calls Needed: Senate Committee to hold Hearing on Dangerous UN Treaty

Who should make critical decisions regarding the care and raising of children who have disabilities? Their parents or United Nations social workers?

That is the question as the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations holds a hearing on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) Thursday, July 12. This treaty, if ratified by the U.S. Senate, would turn the parent-child relationship on its head by establishing a dangerous new legal standard for dealing with children with disabilities: the best interests of the child standard. The CRPD states: “In all actions concerning children with disabilities, the best interests of the child shall be a primary consideration.” Article 7(2)

This simple sentence actually means that any decision a parent makes regarding the care, education, or upbringing of a child who has any disability could be subject to review by a social worker, court, or even a United Nation’s official.

We urge you to do two things.

First, please call your two U.S. senators and urge them to oppose this dangerous United Nations power-grab. The Capitol Switchboard phone number is 202-224-3121, or you can use the U.S. Senators’ website to find the direct phone numbers for your state senators.

Second, please call the White House and urge President Obama to withdraw the CRPD. The White House Switchboard phone number is 202-456-1414.

Your message can be as simple as the following:

“Please oppose ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. It is unacceptable for U.S. senators to support a treaty that surrenders U.S. sovereignty and family decisions to unelected UN bureaucrats. Our nation already has laws to protect disabled Americans. This treaty is unnecessary and will hurt families.”

HSLDA Founder and Chairman Mike Farris has written a memo on the dangers to U.S. sovereignty, family freedom, and homeschooling if the U.S. Senate votes to ratify the CRPD. You can read his memo online. In addition, Mike Farris will testify against the CRPD on Thursday.

We encourage you to read the text of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. People with disabilities are precious. Parents who are raising children with disabilities will tell you it is one of the hardest things they have ever done, but also one of the most rewarding things in life. We all want to show our love and care for people with disabilities. This treaty, however, is not the way to do it. There are numerous state and federal laws which protect our precious citizens with disabilities. The CRPD—if ratified by the Senate—would do great harm to disabled children and adults by subjecting parents, families, and caregivers to UN oversight, regulation, and control. For specific harm to homeschool families, you can read our additional research paper.

Thank you for standing with us for liberty.

Very truly yours,

J. Michael Smith, Esq.

President, HSLDA

P.S. Please also forward this email to your family and friends and encourage them to call their U.S. senators. Families, not the United Nations, are best suited to care for their loved ones with disabilities. We don’t need unelected international bureaucrats to tell us how to do that. 




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8 Responses to “Alert: Please call your senators”

  1. Tammy says:

    I just called mine!  They both said that they are waiting till after Thursday’s hearing to make known their position. They did ask what I wanted their position to be and made note of my address. Not sure if I made any difference but it sure doesn’t hurt to try!

  2. Brianna D. says:

    I called my senators, too!  (I was a little nervous as I had never done this before, but it was a great help to follow the suggested message!)
    Thank you so much Susanna, for letting us know about this.  This is very important info!  We pray for God’s mercy on our country. 

  3. Debby Bryan says:

    I don’t really have a comment…I just trust that any decision to give the UN any more authority than it has is not a good idea.

  4. Rachel M says:

    Thank you for posting this Susanna! I had been following the UN document as it related to the Parental Rights constitutional ammendment campaign, but I did not know about this component. I sent your post to everyone I could and my mom and I contacted White House and senators. Thank you again 

  5. Deanna says:

    I have called both Senators and will post this too!

  6. Susanna says:

    Thank you, everyone who followed through with a phone call! Every call counts!

  7. Andrea says:


    I wanted to ask your permission to re-post your exact article on my blog?  If you want to check out my blog first, feel free 
    I am always so inspired when I read your posts and your family is just beautiful!  I especially love to see pictures of Katie and Verity, they are so precious!  Thank you!!


  8. Susanna says:

    Andrea, yes, you may.

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