[fcb-l] Wonder What Else is in the Treaty?
mtyson541 at bellsouth.net
Sat Jul 21 10:39:49 EDT 2012
Thank you Paul. You said it much better than I could have.
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Sent: Saturday, July 21, 2012 2:58 AM
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I am bothered by this message in that it appears to prove what it does not
for me. Article 25 of the treaty simply asks that people with disabilities
not be discriminated against. If countries have laws that do not allow
abortion for the rest of the population, people with disabilities will not
get access to abortion. If countries permit abortion, shouldn't people with
disabilities have the same access to those as people who are not disabled. I
think this article is neutral. I am saddened that we live in a country where
the rights of millions of people with disabilities around the world can be
held hostage by people who appear to be intent on defeating this initiative
just because they can. I do not think that those who wrote this email really
object to the Convention. They simply want to defeat anything President
Obama is trying to do. I am not sure that democrats are much better than
republicans. Our country is going down a very dangerous path if gridlock has
n as the norm. I say a plague on both their houses and urge people to read
the whole convention and to consider that, in most countries, people with
disabilities have no protections and no rights. That is what this convention
is all about. According to this message, 117 other countries have already
ratified this convention. 117 countries or more also have identifiable
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,f3 ,don ,moore <don.moore48 at comcast.net>
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Date: Friday, Jul 20, 2012 05:05:18 PM
Subject: [fcb-l] Wonder What Else is in the Treaty?
> Hidden Abortion Agenda in UN Convention on Disability Rights
> Bill Saunders and Stephanie Maloney
> | Lifeationews.com | 7/20/12 10:20 AM
> Senator John Kerry (D-MA), Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Relations,
> is calling for a vote by July 26 on the Convention on the Rights of
> with Disabilities (CRPAID)-JUST two months after President Obama sent the
> treaty to the Senate. Despite its attractive and seemingly innocuous
> the CRPAID represents yet another push to ensconce abortion rights in an
> international treaty.
> From a cursory reading, the international treaty appears to deserve the
> broad bipartisan Senate support it has received. Its stated purpose is to
> "promote, protect, and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human
> rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities, and to
> promote respect for their inherent dignitydd" It strives to implement
> greater equality and legal protection, better health care access, and a
> higher standard of living for the disabled around the world. Signed by 153
> countries and ratified by 117, it purports to combat the stigma and
> stereotypes that face the millions of people with intellectual and
> development disabilities.
> Yet a nuanced reading exposes the more subtle and invidious abortion
> of the treaty. Specifically, Article 25 of the Convention requires States
> Parties to: "[p]rovide persons with disabilities with the same range,
> quality, and standard of free or affordable health care and programs as
> provided to other persons, including in the area of sexual and
> health and population-based public health programmesdd"
> The inclusion of the phrase "reproductive health" affords an opportunity
> abortion advocates to interpret the terms as a euphemism for "abortion
> rights" and push for nations to legalize abortion based on the treaty.
> Indeed, this interpretation of "reproductive health" is the position of
> Obama Administration. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton has testified
> the House Foreign Affairs Committee to this effect, stating "We happen to
> think that family planning is an important part of women's health, and
> reproductive health includes access to abortiondd"
> Unwilling to be explicit and clear about its objectives, the pro-abortion
> faction within the UN has used the realm of disability rights to provide
> cover for an attempt to interject the right to abortion into an
> international treaty. If the US ratifies it, the treaty becomes the law of
> the land, providing a potential abortion back-up for the day the Supreme
> Court finally overturns Roe very. Wade.
> Human dignity is not something to be "awarded" on the basis of one's
> capacities and abilities. Rather it is inherent and inviolable, part of
> very nature of the human person, whatever his or her state of physical and
> mental development. The dignity of the person is universal, and must be
> upheld, equally, for all. It is sadly ironic that a treaty aimed at
> recognition of the dignity of some (the disabled) would be written so as
> put at jeopardy the dignity of others (the unborn).
> The inclusion of Article 25 within the CRPAID should prevent the United
> Senate from ratifying the treaty. Americans United for Life urges all
> pro-life supporters to contact their United States Senators and ask them
> oppose the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with
>  Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, art. 1.
> 2 Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, art. 25(a)
> (emphasis added).
> 3 Hearing, New Beginnings: Foreign Policy Priorities in the Obama
> Administration, Committee on Foreign Affairs, U.S. House of
> 111th Cong., 1st Sess., 22 April 2009, at
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