Today in a scheduled vote to have the Senate vote on bringing the discussion of the United Nations Treaty on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, 61 Senators passed the measure. Only 51 votes were required to have it pass.
So out of curiosity I looked to see which Senators voted for it. 8 Moderate Republicans, including Senator Orrin Hatch voted ‘Yes’. That truly surprised me as I was told by his office that he was fully against United Nations ratifications! Why, oh why, would Mr. Hatch play his card in helping the United Nations get closer to having parental rights taken away?
So, I called his office in D.C. The intern was as shocked as I was about Hatch’s vote and didn’t know what his reasoning was. I was put through to a Legislative Assistant to Senator Hatch. Our discussion was interesting to me.
Do you remember back during the Primary when Hatch would go around saying he was Conservative? Well keep that in mind, please as I continue.
The reason for Senator Hatch’s vote of yes was because he was interested in seeing what the discussion would bring about. According to the Assistant, Senator Hatch’s 25 year record of leading the fight for the rights of the Disabled prompted a responsibility to continue that fight. And that the UN treaty was patterned after the Americans with Disabilities Act – which was co-sponsored by Senator Hatch in 1990. The conversation continued with: Senator Hatch knew that his pro vote or lack of pro vote wouldn’t count as the measure already had the required votes to pass. So he went on the record with a ‘YES’ vote. I was also told that Senator Hatch would be voting ‘No’ when it comes time to ratify the treaty.
I did ask if there was an official press release of today’s vote, just to be safe. And there was not.
My conclusion of the vote and the conversation is that Senator Hatch played with fire. He should know exactly how the game is played by now, after 36 years in the Senate. And that the power of suggestion is powerful! The United Nations and those that support the cause are one more step closer, just one vote away, in possibly grabbing the biggest power play to date!
According to the Legislative Affliation of Family Research Council ”
U.S. sovereignty is at issue on a number of fronts, including that the CRPD presumes the establishment of rights contained in treaties that the United States has not ratified, including the International Covenant on Social, Economic, and Cultural Rights (ICESCR). These rights are not recognized by the United States Constitution, nor are provided by existing U.S. laws – however U.S. courts could use the ratification of the CRPD to force Americans to comply with other UN treaties which are against American interests.
The original ADA equally protects the rights of all parents to direct the upbringing, education, and care of their children, regardless of the disability status of parent or child. The CRPD would take away this right, obligating our government to ensure that “in all actions concerning children with disabilities, the best interests of the child shall be a primary consideration.” The phrase “best interests of the child” is an international law “term of art,” its meaning firmly established through consistent application by other bodies, including the Committee on the Rights of the Child. As one international legal scholar explains, “Best interests provides decision and policy makers with the authority to substitute their own decisions for either the child’s or the parents’ provided it is based on consideration of the best interests of the child.” In ratifying the CRPD, the government would apply this standard only to parents of disabled children – a position antithetical to the protection for parents provided by the ADA.”
Please spread this information around and call your Senators and tell them to vote “NO” when it comes time to ratify this treaty!