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Support the treaty for disability rights...don’t be fooled.
The Senate will once again have an opportunity to ratify an important international treaty to protect the human rights of all people with disabilities. But reports are that the opposition to the treaty is running nearly 100 to 1 in calls to Senators.
Why is this? What is motivating such strong felt opposition to the Convention for the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD)?
Could it be that those who oppose the treaty are motivated by something other than a fear of securing human rights for people with disabilities? That would be my guess; especially, when you look at the opposing arguments.
Here is what Rick Santorum and Jim DeMint, active advocates against the CRPD, have to say:
The Home School Legal Defense Association puts their opposition very simply:
Let Freedom Ring is rallying their followers with this:
The Blaze, a conservative news outlet founded by Glenn Beck, reports:
Once again it is fear of conspiracy, internationalism and a lack of knowledge about the facts that seems to be driving opposition to the treaty. Reactionary prejudicial statements that, if repeated a sufficient number of times, become the “truth” seem to be underlying the “beliefs” of extreme political viewpoints.
Here are responses, grounded in facts, to these “Myths” about the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
MYTH: Ratification of the CRPD will infringe upon U.S. sovereignty.
MYTH: Ratification of the CRPD will make it binding domestic law and will create opportunities for new lawsuits.
MYTH: Ratification of the CRPD will harm parental rights of parents with children with disabilities and would impair the right to home school.
MYTH: The CRPD aims to endorse abortion rights and abortion funding around the world.
Why is the CRPD important to all people with disabilities? Why should I care?
Disability Rights Nebraska is committed to our country’s leadership role in defending and advocating for the human and legal rights of the 1 billion people with disabilities worldwide. Ratification of the CRPD in a bipartisan fashion is in our nation’s best interest and deserves to be supported by all Americans with disabilities, their family members, and advocates.