Rights of Persons with Disabilities

This week, thirty-eight Republican senators voted against ratifying the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.  The treaty is supported by more than 300 American disability rights organizations including every veterans group; it was written during the George W. Bush administration with his help in negotiations; it is modeled after our own Americans with Disabilities Act which was signed into law by George Bush, Sr.  So why would Republicans oppose a bipartisan effort to protect people with disabilities around the world?

It was rejected by the usual list of fear-mongering Senate tools, fed by the Home School Legal Defense Association or HSLDA (also read here).  Their own reasoning was contradictory and absurd.  They claimed that it both had “no teeth” in getting other countries to actually make changes while also claiming that it would allow government to override parental choice with no proof of harm, that it would end homeschooling (whaaa???) and that it would force abortions on the disabled.  These claims are so far-fetched it’s difficult to respond and yet they were enough to get 38 Republican senators to vote against protections for people with disabilities.

To clarify, the Supreme Court has consistently upheld the supremacy of the Constitution over international treaties (links to a well-sourced wikipedia page).
The treaty itself contains this disclaimer:

“Nothing in the present Convention shall affect any provisions which are more conducive to the realization of the rights of persons with disabilities and which may be contained in the law of a State Party or international law in force for that State. There shall be no restriction upon or derogation from any of the human rights and fundamental freedoms recognized or existing in any State Party to the present Convention pursuant to law, conventions, regulation or custom on the pretext that the present Convention does not recognize such rights or freedoms or that it recognizes them to a lesser extent.”

The United States has not and will not lose its sovereignty to the UN.  You are and will remain free to homeschool (within the parameters determined by your state).  The innocuous sounding “right to health care” sounds innocuous because it is; it is not code for forced sterilization or abortion.  It means that we cannot allow people with disabilities to languish and die simply because they are disabled.

Here is a list of the Senators who voted against ratifying the treaty:

Alexander (R-TN)
Blunt (R-MO)
Boozman (R-AR)
Burr (R-NC)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Coats (R-IN)
Coburn (R-OK)
Cochran (R-MS)
Corker (R-TN)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Crapo (R-ID)
DeMint (R-SC)
Enzi (R-WY)
Graham (R-SC)
Grassley (R-IA)
Hatch (R-UT)
Heller (R-NV)
Hoeven (R-ND)
Hutchison (R-TX)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Isakson (R-GA)
Johanns (R-NE)
Johnson (R-WI)
Kyl (R-AZ)
Lee (R-UT)
McConnell (R-KY)
Moran (R-KS)
Paul (R-KY)
Portman (R-OH)
Risch (R-ID)
Roberts (R-KS)
Rubio (R-FL)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL)
Thune (R-SD)
Toomey (R-PA)
Vitter (R-LA)
Wicker (R-MS)


About Just Vegas

I'm a 30-something married SAHM which means the nightmare scenario that plagued my early 20's has become reality. Funny thing is, I kinda like it. I have 3 lovely daughters who are educated at home and at a part-time alternative school. I love animals and I love people (in the general sense, not everybody all the time). I have no income to speak of, I'm not crafty and I hate cooking. My skills include reading the internet, watching tv on the internet and conversing with people on the internet. I'm an armchair philosopher, spiritualist, agnostic, feminist, liberal, activist, political pundit and tv critic.
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7 Responses to Rights of Persons with Disabilities

  1. Pingback: US Republicans against disabled people | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  2. leftover says:

    You want far-fetched?
    Thom Hartmann and Sam Sacks at Truthout:

    President Obama is using a mind control procedure known as the “Delphi Technique” to slowly condition Americans to submit to the control of the United Nations’ Agenda 21, which will…force mass migrations of Americans out of the countryside and into the cities, while handing over control of our rural lands to an international, one-world government.

    They have to be against something, and considering the fact they’re getting practically everything they’ve ever wanted from the Obama administration and Congress, they have to dig up and recycle some 50 year old shit that was laughed off before but will sell like hotcakes now. They can’t even make up some new shit. And in the case of Glenn Beck, he can’t even write his own shit.

    Just when you thought they couldn’t get more crazy….Obama Mind Control. And I’M the one who needs meds.

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  4. leftover says:

    So Vegas…It seems the subscription thingie is not working again….
    And it seems another WordPress glitch…hiding comments…is also keeping me from seeing some replies and such. I apologize if I missed something.
    You have my email. Don’t be afraid to use it!

    • Just Vegas says:

      Well, that sucks. It’s showing up fine for me and I have no idea how to fix anything on here. Sorry!

      • leftover says:

        Don’t worry about it…it’s a WordPress thing…happens all the time…like now it’s back on for some reason…comes and goes…
        If I’m not responding to a comment or something just email me…I have to try and remember and stop in more often on my own.

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