Important updates on your parental rights! UN Disabilities Treaty is back!

The UN Disability Treaty that many have been fighting against is back and more determined to get through the system.

PARENTS – as a parent of an autistic child this treaty will greatly impact everyone with a child who has needed or is receiving support and for those who do not have disabled children it won’t be long before your rights are threatened as well!  Those of us who have fought the system to get treatments that our children desperately needed, this will no longer be the case. Government officials will decide what is the best interest of your child, and if you dare to oppose their treatments or suggestions penalties may ensue.  If you haven’t already, please, please, start being involved in your children’s health and future!

 

Bad News: UN Disabilities Treaty has Returned—Stronger than Ever

We have bad news. The dangerous UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), that you narrowly defeated through calls and emails in 2012, has returned. It has come back stronger than ever, and its supporters are preparing to ram it through the U.S. Senate.Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

This United Nations treaty says “in all actions concerning children with disabilities, the best interests of the child shall be a primary consideration.” Not “parental rights,” as our U.S. Supreme Court has ruled. But “best interests of the child,” a legal term only used during divorce and abuse and neglect cases. Government officials could use this section to override parental decisions for their child with a disability. Other provisions of this treaty threaten U.S. sovereignty, promote abortion rights, and require a national registry of all children with disabilities (the term “disability” isn’t even defined).

Freedom at Risk

The UNCPRD isn’t about protecting people with disabilities—our nation’s own laws and strong leadership overseas already do this. It’s about whether we will surrender our freedom to an unelected, unaccountable United Nations.

You defeated this treaty in December 2012. But the supporters were looking for a way to win the second time and ratify the UNCRPD. And they believe they have found it with the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Bond v. United States, which was issued last week.

Bond v. United States dealt with a jilted wife who used household chemicals in a bungled attempt to poison her rival. But it quickly turned into a major constitutional case dealing with the Chemical Weapons Ban treaty, congressional action, and the Constitution.

The Supreme Court made the right decision and found that it was ridiculous for the federal government to prosecute this hapless chemical user. But the Court’s decision was very narrow, and never addressed the treaty power found in the U.S. Constitution.

Only three justices—Scalia, Thomas, and Alito—brought this issue up. And they—like HSLDA—are very worried about how treaties can threaten our system of limited federal government and our constitutional freedoms. We encourage you to read the decision here. You can read the concurring opinions of justices Scalia, Thomas, and Alito starting after page 21.

Aggressive Lobbying

Supporters of the UNCRPD such as Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (NJ) seemed to not even have read this decision in their haste to urge ratification of this United Nations treaty. In the days since the decision, countless organizations have issued press releases calling for swift ratification of the UNCRPD. Supporters of the treaty are aggressively lobbying on Capitol Hill at this very moment. This treaty is roaring back, possibly as early as the week after Independence Day.

HSLDA’s federal relations staff and our allies are fighting back on Capitol Hill as hard as we can. But ultimately,only you can stop this treaty. We ask that you immediately take a moment to email your two U.S. senators and urge them to protect our nation’s sovereignty against the United Nations, to protect parental rights, and to vigorously oppose the UNCRPD. If you have the time to send a letter, that would be even better.

We know emails and letters take time. But this battle is crucial. Let’s hold off on phone calls for now so we can save that powerful action for when a vote is scheduled. But please make your voice heard by sending a letter or email in your own words. Then please forward this email to three of your homeschool friends and ask them to do the same.

You can find the addresses of your two U.S. senators by using HSLDA’s Legislative Toolbox, and you can send an email to your two U.S. Senators at this page. You can find out more about the dangers of the UNCRPD on our website.

Thank you for standing with us to preserve our freedom in the face of the United Nations and transnationalists in the U.S. Senate. This is going to be a tough fight. By the grace of God and the tireless work of parents and concerned citizens like you, this treaty was defeated in 2012. I believe we can defeat it again.

For liberty,

 

Michael P. Farris, JD, LLM
Chairman, HSLDA

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P.S. We greatly value you and your support—it is a privilege to serve you! If you or someone you know is not a member of HSLDA, will you consider taking a moment today to join or recommend us? Your support enables us to defend individual families threatened by government officials and protect homeschooling freedom for all.Join now >>

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Discussion on whether your children are yours or belong to the “community”?

Another homeschooler passed this video on…..

We have never invested as much in public education as we should have because we’ve always had a private notion of children: ‘your kid is yours and totally your responsibility'”. “We have to break through our private idea that kids belong to their parents or kids belong to their families and recognize that kids belong to whole communities.” ~Melissa Harris-Perry

Video of Ms. Perry:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=N3qtpdSQox0

While I understand that this woman truly believes what she is saying is for the ‘good’, it is a scary scary scary notion in the hands of the wrong people.
If you all have not gone to www.parentalrights.org and read on up on the Parental Rights Amendment, please do so.  This is a grassroots work to get an amendment added to our US Constitution that states that our children our OUR children (simply put).  The reason this is so important is that there is strong possibility that the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child Treaty may be ratified.  If the United States ratifies this UN Treaty without the Parental Rights Amendment already in place, then (in a very simplified and scary scenario) your child has a right to take you to court if he/she doesn’t like a decision you made and the court will decide who is right and it takes raising your children out of your hands and into the court system.  If the UN Treaty is ratified to our US Constitution, the court system will make their decision based on that treaty.  This is a very simplified explanation.  PLEASE go to: Parental Rights Amendment: Understanding the Issue and read up on this whole thing. It is a very important parenting and homeschooling issue.
We must be diligent in keeping our Parental and Homeschooling Rights.